The Federal Government has threatened to review the contracts on Abuja-Lokoja Expressway saying that it is a total failure.
The minister of works, David Umahi has expressed deep dissatisfaction over the work done on the Abuja-Lokoja road by some contractors.
The minister cited the constructed bridge on section 4 of the project, saying it was poorly done, and would not hesitate reviewing the contract of the handling firms.
Speaking during the inspection of the Abuja-Lokoja road on Tuesday, Umahi threatened to terminate the contract of any contractor in the project who fails to meet with the expected outcomes, especially with regards to the quality of work done.
While speaking, the Minister of Works, Dave Umahi was particularly peeved about the poorly constructed bridge on section four of the project.
He said: “Yesterday, I inspected about eight projects on Abuja-Lokoja roads and I was disappointed with what I saw. How can you collect money to do something and you didn’t do it right? Do people fear God at all? We must work, and do the work for the people instead of ours.”
According to him, if any contractor fails in one project, any other project he is handling across the country will be terminated.
He called on all contractors, particularly the big construction companies to embrace concrete pavement for the construction of Nigerian roads, as he argued that technology offers the nation durability of the roads for use.
Umahi indicated that people living at the bank of the River Niger will be relocated to a place yet to be approved by President Bola Tinubu.
He suggested a flyover on Kotonkarifi instead of a low bridge which cannot solve the problem of flooding on the highway.
He further disclosed that he and the team of experts in the ministry of works were exploring technological options to ensure that projects delivered meet the expectations of Nigerians.
At Ganaja Road where Governor Yahaya Bello has done some landscaping, Umahi promised to take it from there so that the road which has become a nightmare will be a relief to motorists.
Also, at Gito, the governor frowned at the work done by the contractor, saying that some of the work had gulped billions of naira, yet some of them have no design.
To this effect, he threatened to relocate the ministry’s highway controllers for approving poorly- constructed work.
He vowed to fulfill Tinubu’s agenda of “Renewed Hope” so that the nation’s economy and citizens’ well-being will remain paramount.
Meanwhile, in Kogi Government House, the governor noted that the people of Kogi had suffered from bad roads, both socially and economically.
“The condition of our federal roads has been a source of great concern to our administration, the people of Kogi State and Nigerians in general, owing to the fact that Kogi is geographically the connecting point between the Northern and Southern Nigeria. The suffering endured by commuters, the negative impact on trade and economic activities, and the strain on our transportation system have not gone unnoticed. It is with this in mind that we extend our sincere appreciation to the Minister for not only acknowledging this plight but also for promising urgent interventions to alleviate the situation”, the governor said.