By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
Minister of Works Engr David Umahi has announced the Ministry’s intention to focus on most of the dualised roads across the country.
He said “Why we are here now is to announce our intention to face most of the dualised roads in the country.”
This was contained in a statement signed and issued by the (Information) Press & Public Relations Unit Federal Ministry of Works, Blessing Lere-Adams (Mrs).
The Minister made this remarks while meeting with all contractors handling road dualisation projects and all zonal Directors of the Ministry at the Ministry’s HQter’s office in Abuja, yesterday .
“ I want to remind you that Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is funding 50% percent of the contract sum and that funding goes up to 2025 “
Umahi said, “we have N431B of money that is ready for contractors to clear but there is no certificate for it , if you are doing a job under Phase 1, make effort to make claims , if your job involves augmentation go back to your Regional Director for understanding before I sign the certificate , any certificate I sign now , I have to take account for it even when I have left office”.
The Minister tasked the contractors to stick to one lane if their job has not gone up to 50% completion; he said he had also come up with Performance Bond meaning that all new projects would be guaranteed for 10years.
He urged all contractors that have built roads that cannot last up to ten years to write to the Ministry to either stop work or rebuild the road to last 10years.
The Minister warned the contractors that he would not listen to stories of failures on the roads due to overloading.”