Lackluster attitude: FG vows to terminate contracts with Julius Berger, CCECC, RCC

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Lackluster attitude: FG vows to terminate contracts with Julius Berger, CCECC, RCC

Minister of Works, Sen David Umahi, says the Federal Government would terminate contracts with Julius Berger, CCECC and RCC firms on two lingering South South road projects if they fail to show commitment to duty within a week.

Umahi announced this yesterday in Uyo while addressing Akwa Ibom stakeholders, including Senate President, Godswill Akpabio on President Bola Tinubu’s eagerness to flag off Calabar-Akwa Ibom Sections of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway by August.

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The Minister listed the affected federal projects as the Eleme-Onne Section of the East-West Road project in Rivers state being handled by RCC and the Calabar-Itu Road where Julius Berger and CCECC are engaged in handling separate sections.

According to him, the trio of contractors have stayed on the projects for too long without meaningful portions completed, adding that project abandonment has become a habit of most federal road contractors, many he accused of lobbying government top shots to put pressure on the works ministry to shun sanctioning them.

On the non-commitment of contactors on the Calabar-Itu Road, the Minister said, “By end of this coming week, if Julius Berger fails to re-mobilise to site and CCECC fails to re-mobilise to at least 3 Sessions, their jobs will be terminated.”

On Eleme-Onne Section on the East West Road, Umahi said, “The worse of the roads in entire South South is that Section on the East West Road. RCC has collected over N40Billion. 15km of Road, N156Billion inherited from the past administration.

“We’ve been on them to change their ways. And by the end of next week the 14 days’ notice of termination will elapsed and we will terminate the contract.”

Akpabio and Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno, referred the Minister to other critical federal roads projects so abandoned in the state, urging Umahi to further prevail on contractors assigned to return to site to complete the jobs to ease life for the populace and travellers.”

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