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Aba-Ikot Ekpene road: Use local equipment, personnel, Fashola charges contractors

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has advised contractors handling expansion of section 1, Aba – Ikot Ekpene road to deploy equipment and personnel locally to fast track the project.

Fashola said this in a statement signed by Mr Stephen Kilebi, Deputy Director, Public Relations, in the ministry and made available to Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Abuja.

He directed that all the bad portions of the road must be repaired before the rains start.

He said: “Try and repair the bad portions first before the rains come so that the people will know that government cares about them.’’

The minister said that the contract was initially awarded to a company but had to be terminated due to poor performance and re-awarded to Messrs CGGC Global Projects Nig. Limited.

Fashola gave assurance to the contractor that the project would not be abandoned due to lack of funds as it had been enlisted for SUKUK funding.

He further said that other bad portions of the Odukpani – Itu road, which many people did not understand the contractual responsibilities, had been awarded to another company.

Edited Chinyere Bassey/Donald Ugwu

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