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Monday, March 21, 2016
Lesson From Nigeria: Senate Orders Contractor Working on Goodluck Jonathan's Village Road to Vacate Site
The Nigerian Senate has asked the contractor working on a road leading to the village of ex president Goodluck Jonathan, to stop work immediately.
Dissatisfaction in the level of work on the 16 kilometre Otuoke Road project in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, made the Senate Committee on Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Projects, to order the contractor handling the project to stop work and vacate site with immediate effect.
The Senate Committee, which was on an inspection tour of various NDDC projects in Bayelsa State, said contractor handling the road project which connects former President Goodluck Jonathan’s country home, Otuoke, with Yenagoa, the state capital was too slow.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Peter Nwaobushi, who stated this in Yenagoa, said that the contractor, after collecting N600 million mobilization for the project, reduced the scope to six kilometres, without any agreement with NDDC, yet with no appreciable work on ground to match funds so far released by the commission.
The committee also expressed displeasure with the slow pace of work at the Akenfa Canal Bridge in Yenagoa, the state capital.
It, however, admitted that the delay was caused by non-release of funds to the contractors.
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