Oyebanji to meet contractors over slow pace of work

The Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of work in some of the construction projects being undertaken by contractors in the state.

Oyebanji, who said the affected contractors had no excuse not to deliver on time and to specification as his administration was not owing any of the contractors handling various projects in the state, disclosed that he had scheduled a meeting with them on the matter.

The governor, who spoke in Ado Ekiti on Saturday during inspection of various road and drainage rehabilitation projects in the state capital, said, “The purpose of any responsible and responsive government is to ensure that its citizens enjoy good lives and live in prosperity”.

The projects inspected included the construction of roads at the GRA 3rd Extension; Ajilosun–Ikere Road; Agric. Olope–Matthew Street and Midas area on Ado–Iworoko Road as he assured that government was making concerted efforts to enure permanent solution to the perennial flooding at the Ado end of Ado-Iworoko Road and in some parts of the state.

Oyebanji commended some of the contractors handling the projects for a job well done and, however, notified those whose works he found unsatisfactory on the need to brace up.

He said, “I came to inspect the progress recorded because contractors made some promises to us and I am here to cross check the promises against what they have done.

“The purpose of government is to make life easy for the citizens and if you know the history of this place very well, this place gets flooded every year and we have resolved that this year, we must ensure that people can move freely and nobody is disrupted, though we have not gotten to where we want to get to, but it is work in progress.

“Well, so far so good, I am impressed with some of the contractors. I am not happy with some because of the pace of work. I have fixed a meeting with such contractors, so we can discuss. I will ask why they are not moving at the pace they should be moving because to the best of my knowledge government is not owing them any money”.

The contractor handling Ado-Iworoko Road, Habib Monrad, assured residents of the state that with the level of work already done on the road, the issue of flooding at that portion of the road had become a thing of the past.

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