INFRASTRUCTURE: Osun To Terminate Road Contract Over Poor Performance

Mr Oladepo Amudah, the Special Adviser to Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Works, on Thursday in Osogbo said the state government could terminate the Ikirun township road contract.

Amudah handed down the threat while briefing members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Correspondents Chapel at a programme tagged “News-Point’’ and organised by the chapel.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the contract was awarded to Hajaig Nigeria Ltd.

“The contract is to be terminated because Hajaig has performed poorly, having failed to deliver the project as planned in the terms of agreement.

“The contract was inherited from the immediate past administration, yet the contractor has not completed work three years after Gov. Aregbesola assumed office,’’ he said.

The governor’s aide, however, assured the people of Ikirun in the Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state that the contract would be re-awarded two weeks after termination.

“This will enhance its speedy completion,’’ he said.

The Special Adviser said further that most of the roads under construction in the state had been finally re-scheduled to be completed in January 2014 due to the rains.

Amudah said some of the road contracts were being executed on the basis of government/contractor partnership, whereby the contractors were involved in the financing of the projects.

“This understanding is as a result of the confidence the contractors have in the leadership of the governor, even as re-payment to them would last between four and eight years,” he said.

The governor’s aide said the state government was working hard to boost its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), which had gone up from N300 million to N1.6 billion monthly.

He expressed the hope that improved infrastructure, such as the Freedom Park at Aje and Ayegbaju markets, being put in place by government would further shoot up the accruable revenue.