Reps demand N449.6m contract refund over road project abandonment

Reps want contractor to refund payment for abandoning project
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to direct the contractor handling Mubi-Maiha-Sorau road rehabilitation in Adamawa to return to site or refund N449.6 million advance payment.

The house also mandated its Committee on Legislative Compliance to ensure compliance with the resolution.

The resolution emanated from the adoption of a motion by Rep. Abdulrahman Abubakar, who said that the Federal Government awarded the contract in 2004 to Messers De-Pacific Investment Ltd at N2.9 billion.

According to him, an advance payment of N449.6 million was made to the contractor who mobilised to site but abandoned the project when insurgents were approaching the area.

“The contractor failed to move back to site even though the area has been cleared of insurgents since January, 2015.

“The Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing in December, 2016, intervened and the contractor signed an undertaking to go back to site but has failed to do so,” Abubakar said.

He expressed worry that the deplorable state of the road was causing hardship to commuters and inhabitants of the communities along the route.

“The people who are predominantly farmers are finding it difficult to transport agricultural produce and other goods to the markets, thereby reducing economic activities and development in those areas,” he added.

The lawmaker, however, appealed to the Committees on Works, and Appropriation to make allocation for the project in the 2017 budget.

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