By Segun James
Bayelsa State governor, Henry Seriake Dickson, has terminated the controversial N42 billion Nembe-Brass road project awarded by his predecessor, Chief Timipre Sylva, to Moreno Construction Company Limited, citing incompetence and lack of technical capacity as major reasons for the revocation .
Besides this, Dickson ordered the termination of the Tombia-Etegwe road in Yenagoa.
Briefing newsmen on Saturday, in Yenagoa, on the outcome of the 2nd state executive council meeting, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Markson Fefegha, said the “incumbent administration is absolutely ready to do away with briefcase carrying contractors who had been retarding the drive of successive administrations in Bayelsa towards the provision of basic infrastructural facilities to the citizenry”.
He lamented that there was nothing to justify over N6.8bn payment made to Moreno Construction Company, when the government officials paid inspection visit to the site of the 42 kilometre Nembe-Brass road project, awarded in 2007.
“The state executive met and deliberated extensively on the current state of capital projects, most especially roads and observed with dismay poor and shoddy handling of jobs by contractors and two major contracts namely, Nembe-Brass road and Tombia-Etegwe road construction contracts had been revoked by the government.
“As a mark of seriousness and commitment we have to do away with contractors, who have no pedigree or lack the efficiency and technical know-how needed to implement key projects, which are germane to infrastructural growth of the state”, the commissioner remarked.
He added, that “it is part of our resolve to reposition the state and fast track socio-economic development, such that the people in the urban and rural areas can feel the impacts of democratic governance”.
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