Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has sacked the contractor handling the multi-million-naira contract for the construction of Asaba/Oko-Amakom/Oko-Obiokpu/Oko-Anala Road over poor performance in delivering the required job.
Charles Aniagwu, the Delta State Commissioner for Information, stated this in Asaba, the State capital.
Charles Aniagwu said Governor Okowa withdrew the contract because the contractor was not working in line with the required speed expected by the government after collecting mobilisation funds.
He said, “Government will check its records and evaluate the contract performance to find out if the contractor would refund some money to the government or not”.
“The state government will engage another contractor with adequate capacity to complete the job in line with the speed required for the completion of the project”.
On the other decisions of the Council, Aniagwu revealed further that as part of efforts to provide potable water and reduce communicable diseases, the Delta State government had approved the construction and reticulation of a major water scheme in Okerenkoko in Warri South Local government Area.
The information commissioner also added that the council approved the inclusion of certain erosion sites in Warri as part of efforts to address flooding in the twin cities of Warri and Effurun.
It should be recalled that the road contract which was awarded in 2018, transverses Oko communities in Oshimili South Local Government Area of the state, and has been a major challenge to the Delta State government over the years due to the peculiar topography of the area.
The government of Delta seems to be concerned over how projects are executed efficiently and timely in the State.
Recall also that earlier this year, Delta State Commissioner for Works, James Aguoye, threatened to prosecute any contractor that executes substandard road projects in the state.
Consequently, Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, urged contractors handling housing projects in the state to redouble their efforts and meet completion deadlines.