The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Senator Bala Mohammed has expressed displeasure over the slow pace of work on on-going projects in the city.
The minister therefore warned contractors handling various projects to redouble their efforts to justify the amount of money pumped to the projects.
Mohammed, who gave the warning while on a tour of on-going projects noted that the projects were critical to the physical and economic development of the FCT and must not be toyed with.
The special adviser to the minister on project monitoring and inspection, Ajah Nwabueze, who represented the minister, said “The minister has the development of the territory at heart and that is why he is putting pressure on the contractors to ensure the realisation of the completion date of the projects.
“Our contractors who are handling these projects are doing well but the efforts they have put in place are not tantamount to what we expect them to do. They have done less than what they are expected to do. For instance, as I was telling the Gilmor representative, this project was awarded at the cost of over N20 billion and we have paid up to N14 billion but looking at what they have put in place, I look at it that they have not done much. They should therefore put in more efforts to see to the timely actualisation of this project.”
But the project manager, Abuja Technology Village (ATV), Cohen Yaron, attributed the delay in the job to the issue of compensation at the initial stages but assured that the contractor would do its best to deliver the project on schedule.
Projects visited during the tour were the Inner Southern Expressway, which the chief resident engineer, Mohammed Oyibo, said was about 52 per cent completed; the Abuja Technology Village and Kubwa road expansion project.