Only N1.5b was released for Numan-Jalingo road project — Contractor
The construction firm awarded the construction of the Numan-Jalingo road, Taraba State, has revealed that only N1.5b was released to the company from the total sum of N11b, after the contract was awarded in 2017.
Speaking yesterday during the visit of the Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engr. My”azu Sambo Jaji, to the site, Engineer Frank Kohshola, who linked the setback witnessed by the project to paucity of fund, said the total amount of money earmarked for the job was not released to the company.
Aside the paucity of fund, the contractor also highlighted insecurity in the area, noting that the two challenges have hampered their operation.
The engineer supervising the work from Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Yola Field Office, Maria Zira, said the company had submitted two certificates of non rejection, but payment was still pending.
She also identified insecurity as one of the factors that has been militating against the execution of the work.
In his response, the minister said the sum of N3b has been approved by the Federal Government to fund the road project.
The minister, who confirmed that the fund would be released to the contractor in July, said the funds would go a long way in executing the project.
He warned the contractor to wake up to the expectations of completing the road or get sacked, adding that the government would no longer condone any act of delay on the job when the fund is eventually released.
The minister who also visited the site of the construction company — DEUX Construction Nigeria Limited, located at Numan town in Adamawa, identified paucity of funds on the part of government due to COVID – 19, which lockdown the whole world, as reason behind the delay.
The road in question, as noticed by The Guardian, was awarded in March 2017 at the cost of N11b, with July 2019 delivery date.