Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi, has expressed dissatisfaction over the pace of work on the ongoing construction of 15.5 km Nkalagu/Umuhali/NigerCem Federal road awarded last year to an Expatriate Company, China Zhunghaoi.
He made his feelings known at the weekend while inspecting the project and lambasted the construction firm for its slow pace of work done.
The governor expressed dismay over the pace of work, stressing that nothing had been done on the road three months after the contract was awarded.
Governor Umahi, who doubted the contractor’s capability to do the job, restated his administration’s commitment to get the road constructed and promised to discuss the matter at the next meeting of the State Executive Council.
“I think we have been on this road for about three months now. I must say that I am totally disappointed on the Contractor and I doubt the capability of the Contractor to do this job. This matter will be taken back to ExCo and within one or two weeks, ExCo will take a decision”.
Umahi, who was worried that the contractor had almost exhausted the dry season without doing anything on the site, noted that the road was too important to his government and the generality of Ebonyians that he would not allow any contractor to toy with it.
“This road is very important to our government and Ebonyi people and so I never envisaged that the rate of construction will be like this. We have about 4 months of dry weather and we have only two more months of dry weather left.
“I was thinking that this company will do a good like what they are doing in the flyover project but that is not the situation. And let it be registered that I said I am totally and comprehensively disappointed on the contractor”, he concluded.
The Governor also inspected Izzamgbo/Effium road in Ohaukwu LGA, recently advertised under the 15km rural road construction where he underscored the importance of the road and the determination of his administration to fix it.
While he assured that work would start on the road on contract latest by the end of the first week of February 2016, directed the Commissioner for Works to as soon as possible commence intervention work on the road for the meantime.
The state will shift from the federal government eight inches stone base standard to 12 inches stone base thickness and 2 plies of asphalt due to the nature of our soil so that any road constructed will last up to 50 years; this is according to Governor Umahi.
Umahi also paid unscheduled visit to Ebonyi state school of Health Technology Izzamgbo where he expressed dissatisfaction over the poor state of the environment and directed the Principal to meet with the state Commissioner for Health and brief him on the challenges facing the school.