Bauchi road contracts: Return to sites or… -Gov. warns contractors
From Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Bauchi State Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammad Kauran Bauchi has asked contractors handling various road projects across the 20 local governments in the state to return to sites and complete their jobs or return monies paid them to the coffers of the government.
The Governor who stated this when he hosted three construction companies in a meeting held in the Mini Chamber of the Government House, Bauchi said: “We are here to discuss very passionately and sincerely on the projects to see how we can move various projects that have been abandoned.”
“Maybe as a result of change of leadership and as a result of our own knowledge of how procurements are done before, which we found them to be abnormal and we have told the world that we are not here for witch-hunting,” he said.
The Governor said his administration is going to discuss with the contractors from the side of knowledge and best practice so that the projects will be completed.
“You have the chance of doing it or exiting it. So far, we don’t have contract with most of you because the tenure of the contracts are over and given the performance agreement and what have you, advance payment and agreement you have presented have expired, some of you are owing us money and you have stopped work and we don’t know why you stopped,” Governor Muhammad questioned.
The Governor who explained that the advance payment is there, pointed that, “some of you, you have issue of one doing the substructure and the other one doing the final work which we found very abnormal and of course the basic engineering management and evaluation is not as far as we are concerned, in tandem with t