Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has ordered the revocation of the Andoni section of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road project due to the alleged slow pace of work by the contractor.
Mr Fubara gave the order in Andoni on Saturday while inspecting the project alongside the Commissioner for Works, George Kelly, and the Chairperson of Andoni Local Government Council, Erastus Awortu.
He explained that this was because of the obvious failure of the contractor to deliver the project after several years.
The governor gave the hint while addressing newsmen during the inspection of the road project on Saturday.
He said the contract sum of the Andoni section of the road project has been fully paid to the contractors by the state government and expressed dissatisfaction with the negligence of the project.
He explained that one year ago, the state government held a meeting with Andoni opinion leaders and the contractors to work out modalities for smooth execution of the project and all agreeable contractual terms were met by the government but the contractors failed on their part.
Sir Fubara directed the Commissioner of Works to immediately commence the process of revocation of the project and re-awarding it to a serious contractor to complete the road project on schedule.
Fubara said; “In all the Twenty-Three Local Government Areas, we made a pledge to the people that security of lives and property would be our major assignment, and to ensure that every project initiated in the 23 LGAs that are ongoing would be completed”.
“Recall that the Ogoni/Opobo/Nkoro/Andoni unity road project was initiated by the Dr Peter Odili administration, the immediate past administration also executed major parts of the project.