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Minister of Works Issues Ultimatum to Contractors, Commends Others

The Minister of Works, Engr. Nweze David Umahi has issued a 14-day ultimatum to Geld Construction Nigeria Limited/ Tracter Nigeria Limited to justify mobilisation received or have their job terminated.

Specifically, he said, “After 14 days of this warning notice and there’s nothing happening, I will come and terminate the job.”

He gave the warning while on inspection tour of the rehabilitation of Warri- Sapele road via route no. 2, section 3 in Delta State, handled by SKECC Nigeria Ltd; the Benin- Warri road rehabilitation, section 2, Sapele- Imasabor, handled by Geld Construction Nig Ltd/ Tracter Nigeria Ltd in Delta State; Benin- Warri road, section 1( Imasabor- Benin in Edo State, handled by Levant Nigeria Ltd; as well as the Benin- Agbor route no 4 and Benin By-pass route 5 all in Edo State.

The Minister, Sen. Engr. Nweze David Umahi however assured that his Ministry would promote indigenous resources, skills and capacities through creating more opportunities for local contractors in the construction industry, especially in the new innovation of concrete technology being used in tough terrains across the nation. The Hon. Minister stated this when he paid inspection visits to some flood sections along the East West Road in Delta State undergoing remedial work by an indigenous contractor, Messrs True Tech Nigeria Ltd.

The Honourable Minister, who was very impressed by the good job being done by True Tech Nigeria Ltd said his Ministry would do everything possible to ensure value for money, create wealth and jobs for indigenous professionals and technicians, introduce engineering solutions that are more economical and discourage delays in project delivery.

He said of the project, ” We have about 10 different washouts, which we are providing multiple culverts in place of a decompile, which would have been much more expensive. But our solution is very economical, and it will solve the engineering problems. And then we’re raising the road level above the flood level. And we are also using a concrete pavement to do it.”

He said also that solar light would be put on the axis when the project is completed. “We’re also going to put solar light, at least let it be the signature of Mr. President, and that will be the microcosm of the macrocosm of what Nigerians should expect on our roads under the administration of Mr. President”.

While commending another contractor, CGC Nigeria Limited, for the job done so far on the dualization of Sapele- Agbor road, route no. 3 in Delta State, Umahi however stressed the need for contractors to strictly follow their directive. ” CGC is known for a good job. I commend you for the one I have seen. It’s good, so we will do everything to assist you, but listen to our directive. Follow the existing asphalt, pulverize it, and put 20cm stone base. Don’t use dust base. ”

Furthermore, he used the opportunity to direct all Controllers of Works to ensure that all contractors use 70% stone base aggregate with only 30% dust base to form the base of the road construction jobs.

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