Contractors doing road projects in Anambra state are on their toes as the state governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo, begins inspection of road projects he awarded, recently.
Last week, Soludo terminated the road contract of Ekwulobia – Isuofia road for alleged incompetence and snail’s pace of work. The governor also asked the contractor to refund the money paid to him.
As a consequence, contractors in most construction sites in Anambra state had mobilised fully to site apparently for fear of having their contracts terminated.
When our correspondent visited some construction sites at the Unizik Perm Site Junction/ Okpuno road and NUJ Secretariat/Okpuno by Roban junction, works were optimally going on.
One of the contractors who spoke to our correspondent in confidence, said” Everybody is afraid. Nobody knows Soludo’s agenda as far as road contracts are concerned. But our company supports the governor’s style. Contractors should do their work and do it well. So, we are here to do a good work.
Speaking, the Press Secretary to the governor, Christian Aburime said Soludo is a stickler to standards and quality, adding that the governor had paid the contractors upfront and as such they had no reason whatsoever not to deliver on schedule.
Aburime said, “There is nothing to fear about if a contractor is doing his job based on specifications as stipulated in the contract agreement.
“This is Anambra tax payers money at work and we cannot allow public funds to be wasted by nonperforming contractors and the governor will not fail to use the big stick where necessary.
“We wish to urge the general public to discountenance those rumors that the termination of the Ekwulobia – Isuofia road contract was done out of malice contending that those rumor peddlers are out to undermine the drive by Soludo to provide quality basic infrastructures to the masses.
“It is not true because that contract was to have been completed by October this year but the contractor failed and some rumor mongers went to town with the headline that it was done in bad taste”
“Governor Charles Soludo cannot play politics with the interest and well being of Anambra people and he wish to reassure all and sundry that his administration remains committed towards taking governance to the grassroots.”