– Describes contractor as incompetent
– Wants Government to re-award project
The member representing the peace loving people of Ughelli South Constituency at the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Reuben Rume Izeze has lend his voice to the peoples call on the Delta State Government to urgently revoke the contract of the
road project connecting Okwagbe, Otutuama, Esaba, Ophorigbala, Ighwrogun and Otitiri communities in Ughelli South Local Government Area.
Hon. Izeze made the call in reaction to a post by Ochuko Okagbare on Facebook titled, ‘Okwagbe, Otutuama, Esaba, Ophorigbala and Ighwrogun abandoned road project in Ughelli South L.G.A’. Hon. Izeze who described the project as very dear to his heart says, “this road has been one of my major challenges as a representative. It is a road that is dear to my heart and that of the people and leaders of those communities”.
Hon. Izeze revealed the effort made before the working Governor Ifeanyi Okowa graciously approved and awarded the contract, saying that “I therefore made it a star request after my second constituency briefing. When the Government finally awarded it, we received the news with joy. In fact, the first meeting between the company’s representatives and the leaders/representatives of the communities involved was held in my Constituency Office at Otu-Jeremi and we were looking forward to a smooth sail having provided the enabling environment”.
But Hon. Izeze wondered how the incompetent contractor managed to trick government to secure the project that it is obvious it cannot handle. “However, this “contract” is one indictment on the average Nigerian “portfolio contractors” who have absolutely no capacity to do a job but would rush to Government with their loud mouths and braggadocio”.
Hon. Izeze absolved the Delta State Government of every wrongdoing. “The Governor and Government meant well for our people but here we are faced with the unanticipated challenge of an obviously incompetent and incapable contracting firm”.
He therefore called on the Delta State Government to urgently revoke and re-award the contract. “I have said it before in a formal tripartite meeting between the Ministry of Works, the company and the communities’ representatives that this contract should be terminated without delay and re-awarded to a more competent and reliable firm like Obakpor Engineering or any other. I still hold that view”.
Hon Izeze wants urgent solutions to avert negative tactics that delayed similar projects in the past. “We do not desire the fate that befell Olomu bridge for years to be the case of our people in those communities”.