Uduaghan Moves To Complete Sapele Market

Earmarks N1 billion
FOLLOWING poor performance by the contractor, Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State has directed the Ministry of Housing to review the contract for the completion of the Sapele Market currently under construction.
A release from the ministry quoted the Commissioner for Housing, Chief Paulinus Akpeki as disclosing this during an inspection visit to the market. He said the contract, awarded in 2006, was only 33 per cent completed.
The commissioner said because the governor was interested in completing the project, he has set aside an additional N1billion in bond to pay the contractor on completion of the project.
“The governor, who is desirous of completing this project, has decided to move forward and has directed the Ministry of Housing to set in motion the process,” he said.
Akpeki said the governor gave the directive on June 28 to ensure that the market is completed, disclosing that the project is among those to be funded by the bond recently collected by the state government.
“The one billion naira set aside by the governor is a guarantee for the contractor to work on site. I must confess that I share the pains of the governor and the process for the determination of the contract will go on,” he noted.
The commissioner, who led other officials of the ministry and bond managers on the inspection, said: “To determine a contract involves a few things and that is where we are now. Until those things are completed, we will not be able to say whether the contract has been fully determined or not.
“But the process for the determination of this contract is on because of the contractor’s poor performance.
“My assurance to the people of Sapele is that we have waited this far and now that the project has been moved over to their own child, I promise on behalf of His Excellency the Governor that we will complete this project for them and very shortly too,” he added.