Niger State Government has summoned three contractors handling Rural Access and Mobility Project II, RAMP II, road projects in the state to a meeting over delay in completing their jobs.
Alhaji Aliyu Abdulahi, the state Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development made this known on Friday while supervising the roads.
“I am not satisfied with the pace of work on these roads; it should have gone beyond what we have seen considering when the contracts were awarded.
“So I am inviting the three contractors to a meeting in Minna ,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that the road project which was awarded in November 2014 was scheduled to be completed in December 2015 but was rescheduled to April 2016 owing to increase on the scope of job.
Abdulahi who threatened to blacklist the contractors if they don’t deliver within the stipulated period urged them to deploy more equipment and manpower to enable them deliver.
“The rain is around the corner, I doubt whether you will be able to do anything when the rain finally come,’’ he said.
Earlier, Mr. Ibrahim Nmadu, the State Project Coordinator said that the ongoing road projects in the three Senatorial Districts in the state covering 175.6 kilometres have reached 61 per cent completion.
Nmadu said that out of N2.2 billion total contract sum the contractors have been paid 50 per cent of their money.
He explained that construction of the road in zone `A’ area of the state covering 82 kilometres was being handled by Dual Engineering Nigeria Limited.
Responding on behalf of the contractors, Mr. Elijah Ocheje, Managing Director, Tekno Concept promised that they would deploy more equipment and manpower to meet target.
Also speaking, Alhaji Ibrahim Salihu, District Head of Izom in Gurara Local Government Area of the state appealed to government to ensure that the roads are tarred owing to dust emanating from them as the contract specifies that only feeder roads be constructed in the benefiting communities.
Salihu said that the roads have opened access to urban areas and other villages thereby helping farmers move produce without hitches to the nearest market.
He commended the initiative of the federal and state governments, World Bank and French Development Agency, AFD, for initiating the project.
It was gathered that the project which commenced in 2014 in the four participating states of Niger, Adamawa, Enugu and Osun would be concluded in 2018.