Governor Uzodinma (third right) of Imo State inspecting on-going roads at Assumpta/Port Harcourt Road axis
Once again, the Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma has charged contractors handling road projects in the state to get back to site and start serious work or risk losing their contracts, just as he said that he was going to set up a Task Force to re-visit all the road contracts earlier awarded by the former administration to determine the serious contractors.
Governor Uzodimma who spoke early on Monday during an on-the-spot assessment of the roads under construction in the State, stressed that his government could not be held to ransom by contractors who were bent on sabotaging his efforts by abandoning contracts awarded to them by the previous government.
Said he: “It is clear to me that some of these contractors are either not capable or up to something. Sooner than later, the rains will start and the roads are still lying like that. I am beginning to see them as sabotaging my government.
“I am going to set up a task force that will revisit all these roads to determine the contractors that are serious and the ones that are not serious. We will terminate the contracts of the unserious ones and re-award them to serious contractors”.
Expressing dismay over the lackadaisical attitude of the contractor handling Assumpta Roundabout/Port Harcourt Road axis, Governor Uzodimma pointed out that the Assumpta Road was a critical road to the state because of its economic importance.
Said he: “It has been closed for months without corresponding work going on there; this must not be left to continue”.
He directed the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works to terminate the contract and re-award it to a more serious contractor who could fix the road before the rainy season starts.
Governor Uzodimma, it will be recalled, had earlier given 72 hours ultimatum to contractors who left their sites to return or risk the contracts terminated, and the mobilization fees paid to them refunded. This ultimatum had since elapsed.