BY ANDREW IKEHI
DELTA State Government has threatened to revoke the contract on the construction of the Model Market in Sapele following the delay in the execution of the project by the contracting firm, Primi Nigeria Limited
The State Commissioner for Special Duties (Special Infrastructure) Barrister (Mrs.) Orezi Esievo who frowned at the delay in executing the project by the contracting firm, handed down the warning when she embarked on a guarded visit of some of the projects in the area.
Dismissing the contractor’s excuse of lack of adequate funds for the project, the Commissioner flayed the contractor’s position, saying that the job on ground does not in any way justify the over 55 per cent mobilization fee which has been paid for the project.
She said, “going by the contract agreement and the spate of work so far, government is not owing you, rather, you are the one owing the state government. Not after you have collected 55 per cent of the contract sum and yet, not more than 33 per cent of the job has been done. If you are not ready to do this job, then the state government has no other option than to terminate the contract and re-award it to another company”
Earlier, the logistic Manager of the contracting firm, Primi Nigeria Limited, Mr. Tunde Ogunrinde, had told the Commissioner that paucity of funds was responsible for the delay in executing the project as demanded.
in another development, the Commissioner who was in Abigborodo, commended the spate of work and quality of job on the 11 kilometer Sapele, Abigborodo/Arowon road where she urged the contracting firm, LEVANT Construction Limited to sustain the pace and ensure that they deliver the project in record time and according to specification.
At Alema College, Abigborodo where the state government is undertaking the rehabilitation of Six Blocks of 21 classrooms, Esievo gave kudos to the contractor for a job well done , saying “you have done marvelously well despite the difficult terrain”.
On the proposed Delta State Model Primary School, Abigborodo with 16 classrooms, ICT Lab, Sick bay among other modern facilities, the commissioner appealed to the community leaders to consider repositioning the proposed school closer to the Alema College so that both Schools could complement each other in terms of facility, just as she requested the release of the about four acres of land by the college.
Some of the community leaders, while obliging her the request, prayed for the state governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan for the project , just as they appealed for more developmental projects in the area in order to open up the community for massive socio-economic.