Kwara State Government has reiterated its determination to further ensure that policies of infrastructural development in the state remain sacrosanct.
The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya, stated this during his maiden meeting with all the contractors handling state government projects at the ministry’s conference room, Friday last week.
Yahaya appealed to the contractors to be patient as all hands were on deck to improve and source for finance to drive various projects to completion, adding that the contractors should ensure projects were executed according to specifications and standard.
The commissioner also urged contractors to always approach him with useful contributions that would assist in moving the infrastructural development of the state forward, stressing that “provision of infrastructure to the good people of the state must be a collective responsibilities of all the stakeholders.”
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Alabi Amuda, had pointed out that the meeting was aimed at acquainting the contractors with the new leadership of the ministry, stressing that the commissioner had demonstrated his wiliness to work and improve on the existing cordial relationship between the government and the contractors.
Speaking on behalf of the contractors, the Managing Director of BAL Engineering Limited, Engr. Bashir Lawal, thanked the new commissioner and the management for the meeting, but advised his colleagues that the era of business as usual was over and that contractors must do their work according to specifications, to avoid sanctions by the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN.
He also solicited prompt payment to avoid unnecessary delay in projects completion, and prayed for speedy financial recovery for the state.
Managing Director, Bitto Nigeria Limited, Engr. Ahmad Kola Ibrahim, also advised the government to take advantage of the dry season to embark on road works which he noted is time bound.
A consultant, Engr. Abubakar Aduragba also appealed for prompt payment of contractors which according to him would help to speed up completion of projects.