By Anne Azuka
Dissatisfied with the snail pace of work of the contractor handling the Sector ‘C’ Ughelli-Asaba dual carriage road project, Delta State Government at the weekend terminated the contract due to poor performance.
The Sector ‘C’ road project which alongside the other Sectors; ‘A’ and ‘B’ awarded since 2013, has not been performing up to expectation.
Speaking to newsmen in Asaba on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting(EXCO), the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu said that the decision to terminate the contract was approved by the council because the contractor was not able to carry on with the job as expected.
According to him, the contract was awarded in 2013 and the contractor had failed to perform to the expectation of the state government.
“So, at today’s Exco meeting, we terminated the contract of Sector A of the Ughelli/Asaba express way. Sector A is from Ughelli to Aradhe in Isoko North Local Government Area.
“We have not only repudiated it, we have also approved the award of that project to another contractor immediately,” he said.
The Commissioner, who was flanked by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, also disclosed that the meeting approved the construction of Etua-Etiti, Etua-Oliogo roads in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of the state.
He said that more projects were reviewed due to rising cost of construction materials, adding that the contract for the construction of Ayakoromo bridge which was terminated earlier had been reviewed with a view to helping it receive the speed it deserved.
The commissioner stated that the meeting which had earlier approved the construction and expansion of Asaba-Ugbolu road also approved the construction of a pedestrian bridge on the road.
“We have looked at some contract reviews again today. This is as a result of the incessant fluctuations of our currency.
“We are also examining a white paper on the issue of Internet fraud. Once we are done, it will enable us tackle the issue of Internet fraud in our state,” he stated.