Enugu House of Assembly to recommend sanctions against erring contractors
Enugu, May 14, 2018 The Enugu State House of Assembly Committee on Works says it will recommend sanctions against contractors who fail to deliver on their contract agreements with the state government.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Chima Obieze, said this in Enugu on Tuesday during the committee’s visit to Udenu and Isi-Uzo Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state as part of their quarterly oversight.
Obieze said that the oversight was in keeping with the committee’s resolve to checkmate the excesses of contractors working with the Enugu state government.
According to him, the committee is embarking on its routine oversight in line with its constitutional powers to ensure that what the state is getting on the site of work is exactly what they have approved in the budget.
Obieze said: “We expect that at the end of the tour, we will be able to take down the names of erring contractors with a view to passing a resolution which we will send to the executive asking it to do the needful.
“The executive will now be left to either penalise, blacklist or delay payment of such contractors until they do the needful as contained in the contract papers.
“So, we deem it fit to pay a visit to Udenu and Isi-Uzo councils to inform the chairmen that we are in their domain because they are the chief security officers of the local governments.
“We also want to use the opportunity to commend them on the tremendous change in the council areas.
“We saw that the roads inside the councils have been tarred, we also saw some new buildings springing up.
“These showed that the council under their leadership are complementing the efforts of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who is doing so much to develop the state.”
Obieze said that the committee was in the two council areas to inspect the ongoing road projects, Ultramodern Adada Specialist Hospital and a magistrate’s court building.
In a remark, Chief Frank Ugwu, the Chairman of Udenu LGA, commended the committee for embarking on the oversight.
Ugwu described oversight as a crucial legislative duty meant to ensure that proper things were done, especially in budget implementation.
He also thanked the committee for being thorough in their verification of both the quantity and quality of the projects under implementation in the area.
He lauded the house for the easy passage of the projects and continued support to the governor, who hails from the area.
The chairman said that there was no way projects could be successfully executed at the council areas without the strict supervision of the legislature.
He expressed disappointment with the slow pace of work at the the magistrate’s court.
Also, Dr. Benjamin Edeoga, the chairman of Isi-Uzo LGA, described the committee’s visit as timely.
Edeoga said that the visit would enable the committee to see and assess the projects being executed in the area.
He also said that the visit would help to keep contractors on their toes, conscious that their activities were being scrutinised by the people and government.
He expressed joy that the Ebonyi Bridge at Iheamufu area, which had been a death trap to motorists for many years, had been rehabilitated by the Ugwuanyi-led administration.
He said that the area had benefited substantially from the present administration and hoped that the state government would still execute more projects in the area.
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