In view of the State Government’s resolve to actualize its completion agenda before 2023, the Commissioner for Works and Fire Service, Professor Eno Ibanga, on Monday, January 11, 2021, carried out an on- the- spot assessment of road projects in the State, where he charged the Project Engineers on giving weekly updates of jobs executed for assessment and intervention.
Addressing contractors, consultants and supervisors at various work sites, Ibanga explained that the new order was necessitated by the State Government’s determination to complete and commission all unfinished projects before the end of its administration.
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Prof. Ibanga who observed that he has seen documents showing the award of various road projects to many contractors in his short stay in office, noted that the inspection was necessary to enable the Ministry know the extent of work done so far by the contractors, and what would be required to complete them within the tenure of the Governor Udom Emmanuel-led administration.
“We had a meeting with Project Engineers and told them to give updates of the projects…let me also be on ground to see what is happening so that by the time we have their reports, we will have the total picture and then know what is required to accomplish the projects as soon as possible,” Ibanga stated.
The Commissioner who expressed satisfaction with the quality and extent of work done by some contractors, expressed disappointment at others and informed that the Ministry would review the various contract sums to know how much has been disbursed and the extent of work done so far on them.
Ibanga maintained that since government will only fund value-added projects, any contractor who fails to show commensurate level of success in job execution will be sanctioned.
“At Ring Road 3, work is in progress. At Ekom Iman Junction, I have told the contractor that the project will be commissioned on May 29”, he said.
At the Uyo/Ikot Ekpene Road, the contractor, Julius Begger PLC told the commissioner that the company was waiting for government’s action to enable them open up outfall drain along Spring Road and also remove structures on the right of way to link up the major road to plaza.
Meanwhile, at the Ikot Ekpene/Uyo Road where JP Sigma is constructing a 10.6 km road to Abak 10, the Project Engineer, Joseph Samuel, told the Commissioner that 40% of the job had been completed.
The Commissioner for Works and Fire Service also gave directives during the inspection of road projects in Ikot Ekpene, Obot Akara and Ini Local Government Areas.
Credit: Imaobong Alexander