The Chairman of the Delta State House of Assembly Committee on Works, Hon. (Chief) Evance Ochuko Ivwurie today said the committee was disappointed with the Contractor handling the Asaba International Airport, saying,”The contractor is obstinately recalcitrant and the conduct has caused State Government untold embarrassment, setbacks and public opprobrium.”
Hon. Ivwurie made the assertion when he paid an on the spot assessment,inspection and evaluation visit to ascertain the level of the actual work done so far.
Hon. Ivwurie stated that the contractor, ULO Consultant Limited and its team with other contractors have carried on their businesses to the detriment of Deltans and the State Government by undermining the contract policies and other constituted authorities in the State.
Hon. Ivwurie said, it is most unfortunate that the Chairman and Managing Director of ULO Consultant Limited, Chief Uche Ukpunor decided to disregard the Committee by sending a representative, Engr. Jerome Adeyemi (Project Manager) and Alli Bugawe, (Assistant Project Manager) of ULO Consultant Limited both of whom could not answer questions put to them by the Committee during the inspection because of their alleged incompetence and lack of knowledge about the performance so far.
Addressing newsmen at the Airport project site today in Asaba, Ivwurie said, ”it is our right to oversight this Asaba International Airport project and other infrastructural developmental projects.”
The lawmaker noted that the State Government specially invited the contractor, ULO Consultant given the huge financial resources and priority it has invested and earmarked for the Ministry of Works to sustain the current momentum of the government’s drive for infrastructural development, especially the completion of the Asaba international airport and network of rural and urban roads across the State.
Hon. Ivwurie emphasized that the State Government was commitment to the goal of achieving quality, standard and effective service delivery “expeditiously”, especially for the airport infrastructure for which reason the Governor of Delta State, Sen.( Dr.) Arthur Ifeanyichukwu Okowa has indeed funded the Ministry of Works more than adequately in spite of the biting economic recession.”
“There is no gainsaying that this administration is pro-people and pro-development, but this contractor and a few other contractors have carried on their businesses to the detriment of the State Government by undermining the Government, the State contract policies and other constituted authorities in the State, at least by virtue of their nonperformance, absence and disregard for the Committee.
“The State Government is development driven with a focus on TIMELY quality service delivery and substantial release of the dividends of democracy to all Deltans, of course good roads network and airport are an integral part of good governance and key to economic growth.”
“It is for these reasons that we decided to carry out this critical oversight function which this Contractor ULO Consultant Ltd have disregarded.”
“Based on this, we decided to come here and look at what is going on and you can see for yourself that Deltans are extremely, extremely disappointed and blast ULO Consultant Limited, saying that the State Government was not happy with the performance of work done so far.”
Hon. Ivwurie added that the Asaba International Airport was a pro-people and pro-development project that the State Government is committed to its completion and have no reason in the world to abandon the project, adding that the State Government will be taking “firm action” in delivering quality and valued services to Deltans.
He noted that, “The era of contractors collecting money while abandoning projects is over. Be rest assured that the House Committee on Works will ensure that Deltans have full value for their money.”
The Committee also noted that there are a couple of houses built on the land belonging to the Airport. We have asked the Airport Director, Austin Ayomidejor questions regarding this and he said some of the houses have been demolished and few others have been earmarked for demolition. We are getting a report on that formally. I am assuring that the action the committee has directed in that regard will guarantee safety of lives and property for passengers and residents around the Airport.
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