…Revokes Andoni Road Project
Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara has declared that all obstacles hindering the construction of the Andoni section of the Ogoni-Andoni-Opobo-Nkoro Unity Road will be removed with a view to completing the project.
Accordingly, he has directed the State Commissioner for Works, Dr. George Kelly Alabo to initiate the process for the revocation of the contract and re-award it to a more competent contractor.
Governor Fubara who disclosed this, while speaking to journalists after inspecting the Andoni section of the Unity Road, likened the problem affecting the construction of the road to an elephant and vowed to remove it.
He expressed dismay that forty-five percent job still needs to be achieved on the road which the state government had paid hundred percent.
The Governor reiterated his pledge to fulfil his campaign promises of completing all ongoing projects in the twenty three local government areas and assured the people of Andoni of his administration commitment to deliver the road within his first year in office.
He noted that government will do everything possible to ensure the completion of the road, irrespective of the resources involved.
Rivers State Governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara says the State Government will be left with no option than to revoke and re-award the Andoni section of the Ogoni/Opobo/Nkoro/ Andoni Unity Road project following the obvious failure of the contractor to deliver the project after several years.
Addressing newsmen during the inspection of the road project on Saturday the governor said the contract sum of the Andoni section of the Road project has been fully paid to the contractors by the Rivers State Government and expressed dissatisfaction with the negligence of the project.
He explained that one year ago, the Rivers State Government held a meeting with Andoni opinion leaders and the contractors to work out modalities for smooth execution of the project and all agreeable contractual terms were met by the government but the contractors have failed on their part.
Sir Fubara directed the Commissioner of Works to immediately commence the process of revocation of the project and re-awarding it to a serious contractor to complete the road project on schedule.
According to him, ” In all the Twenty-Three Local Government Areas, we made a pledge to the people that security of lives and property would be our major assignment, and to ensure that every project initiated in the 23 LGAs that are ongoing would be completed”
” Recall that the Ogoni/Opobo/Nkoro/Andoni unity road project was initiated by the Dr Peter Odili administration, the immediate past administration also executed major parts of the project.
We made a promise to Andoni people that this road will be delivered, and I can tell you that I intend to deliver it within the first year of my administration “, he emphasised.