Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku
By Adebiyi Adedapo
The Yenegwe-Kolo-Nembe Road, which was awarded to Enerco Nigeria Limited, at the cost of N10 billion in 2009 has suffered from poor funding, the contractor handling the project has said.
The National Good Governance Tour (NGGT) team on arrival in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital had inspected the road, where it was discovered that the project was still at 36 per cent completion level.
The Federal Controller of Works in the state, Mr. Charles Okonmah, who led the team to inspect the project, blamed the slow pace of work on inadequate budgetary provision and delay in payment for certified work.
The road was billed to be completed in November 2011.
Okonmah, however, assured that accelerated progress would be witnessed on the work as the contractors have fully re-mobilised to ensure the deadline is met.
He also said the sum of N2.5 billion had been budgeted for the road in the 2013 Appropriation Bill, which according to him, would be enough to drive the project far.
Responding, Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, who was displeased with the level of progress on the road, urged the contractor to step-up its effectiveness before the rainy season so as to meet the December 2013 deadline.
“This is a very difficult terrain for road construction, especially when the rains begin so there should be no delays,” he said.
Maku had earlier berated the contractor handling the remodelling project of the Port Harcourt International Airport for slow execution.
The schedule 1 of the airport remodelling project was awarded at a total cost of N777 million to Interbau Construction Limited and schedule 1 was expected to have been delivered by December 2012.
The completion date has been shifted to April 2013.
Project Director and representative of the construction firm, Mr. Ndika Okechukwu, while conducting the NGGT team round the project site Sunday morning, said the progress in execution of the project had been hampered by variation in bill of quantities.
Maku registered his displeasure over the slow pace of execution as he said it contract was being executed at a snail pace.
“We are worried about pace of work here. Each time I come to Port Harcourt airport, I don’t see intensity of work at the airport as one would have expected. This has to change because the airport ought to have been delivered together with Lagos airport. I am not comfortable with pace of work here,” he said.