Nigerian Government Sets Three-Month Deadline for Contractors to Finish 260 Abandoned Road Projects

The Nigerian government has given a three-month ultimatum to contractors managing 260 emergency projects nationwide. These projects, financed by the 2023 supplementary budget, aim to fix severely deteriorated sections of crucial federal roads and restore their functionality.

According to a statement from his special adviser, Uchenna Orji, Umahi has identified around 37 contractors who have not made significant progress in project delivery since receiving the contracts. He cautioned them to move to the project sites by tomorrow or risk having their contracts terminated.

Umahi emphasized that the projects assigned to them must be completed within three months, with no excuses accepted for security issues or lack of funding for mobilization. He instructed federal works controllers to supervise the projects closely, understanding details like contract terms, amount, award date, timelines, review dates, granted extensions, and on-site presence of the contractors.

The permanent secretary, Yakubu Adam Kofarmata, mentioned that the era of contractors taking advantage of the system and delaying project deliveries after receiving funds was over. He urged contractors to embrace the new ethos of “Nigeria first,” as instated in the Federal Ministry of Works during the administration of Mr. President under the Renewed Hope initiative.

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