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Umahi orders arrest of contractor for poor road project

Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi State

Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi has ordered the arrest of the contractor handling Okposi-Umuoghara- Ebiaji Road in Ezza North Local Government Area  for doing  poor work   as against government specifications after collecting N200 million  mobilization fee.

 Umahi, who gave the order while inspecting the road   at Okposi-Umuoghara,also  directed that a  Ministry of Works official ,Engr.Solomon Eze, be suspended for two months  for lack of proper supervision of the project.

 An angry Umahi told  his ADC, Jonathan Bawada,  to ensure that the two officials of the company who were on the ground be   handed  over to police for prosecution.
He described  the work  of the contracting firm,Tonando Nigeria Ltd., as very deceitful and fraudulent,warning that government would not take it lightly with any contractor  playing  on the intelligence of the state government.
In an interview,the state Commissioner for Works and Transport,Engr.Fidelis Nweze,said  the company  did  less than two  kilometres  of earthwork  with poor  drainage.
Nweze said:” We frown so much at that act because the  contractor is supposed to have achieved a minimum 40 % of that job. What we saw on ground was less than 10% of the job.
“We are not happy about it. And on that note, we have suspended the engineer supervising the job from the ministry for two months for not briefing the ministry and government accordingly.
“We will be approaching the court for justice, ” he said.

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