Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, at the weekend, said contractors handling the Benin-Okene roads have no reasons to delay their works saying they have all been paid.
He made the assertion while on an inspection of ongoing federal government projects in Benin City. Fashola said contractors handling the various sections of the Benin-Okene roads who failed to execute their projects would be dealt with accordingly.
“I have said here that we have paid all the contractors so no contractors has the excuse to delay his work. “Contractors who do not perform, we have our remedies and we will pursue our remedies.
“What is important to understand is that they have worked in the first 47 kilometers from there we have another contractor and beyond that, we have another contractor until the roads end because our roads are long.
“So, we will try as much as possible to break the work between different contractors. I think we have Dantata & Sawoe on the other section, we have also MotherCat at the other section. All of them have received money under the Sukuk Bond Programme, so they will be on their sites”, he said.
The minister said when the roads are completed, they would be of more economic value to Nigerians plying the routes adding that, that was the reason, President Muhammadu Buhari in his New Year media broadcast said he was going to commit more resources to the infrastructural development of the nation to improving the lifestyle of its citizenry.
“This is what Mr President is committed to in his January 1st address that you will see this government busy with infrastructure, trying to lay a critical foundation that will really lead to economic rebirth and growth and it is infrastructure that does it.
“This is what will determine how much fuel you burn, how much time you waste in bad roads and how that affect the cost of goods and services including foods.
“So as this road moves, we expect shorter journey time, we expect to see more fuel efficient used, that is money being saved in commuters pockets, so we expect to see more competitive food prices and services. That is our economic journey, we will deliver”, he said.
He urged the contractor handling the Ehor axis of the road and others to increase the pace of their work and also ensure that whether rain or sunshine, that the roads are motorable.
‘It is a 47 kilometer road, starting from around Ramart Square inside Benin City. They have finished about 15 or there about kilometers already and now in use. The remaining will be concluded sometime late this year.
“But what is important now is that, I have extracted the commitment from the contractor and we are going to bring him again to make that commitment for the people who use this road to connect to Kogi, to Lokoja that whatever time of the year, whether it rains or there is sunshine, the road will be motorable”, he said.
On his part, the chief engineer, RCC, Mr Nabeel Esawi, assured the minister that they are working assiduously to make the road motorable all through the seasons.