By Femi Ogunshola, Abuja.
The House of Representatives Committee on Works on Friday insisted on quality and timely delivery of Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi road, urging the Federal Ministry of Works to ensure Nigerians got value for their money.
Rep. Abubakar Kabir, Chairman of the committee, who led other members on an oversight tour of the ongoing project, urged the contractor to ensure timely completion of the road by April 2023.
The inspection tour took off from the Kugbo end of the A-Y-A–Nyanya axis of Abuja at the boundary between the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State.
The committee proceeded to the Keffi-Akwanga section of the project at Kilometre 19, between Gudi village and Akwanga.
Responding to questions on why the project execution was staggered, Mr Henry Usor, an official of Road Sector Development Unit. Federal Ministry of Works, explained that compensation issues were responsible for the staggered implementation.
He said that the ministry only took charge of portions on which compensations had been duly paid and asked the contractor to commence work.
Usor added that buildings and commercial facilities such as fuel stations could only be demolished after compensation issues had been fully settled.
He assured that whatever issues and observations on the job, raised by the committee, would be noted and corrections effected by the contractor before the certification of the project by the ministry.