The Federal Government on Tuesday blamed the many incidences of road crashes on the Abuja-Lokoja highway to the alleged vacation of project site by the contractor in charge, Bulletin Construction Company Limited, since December 2017.
DAILY POST had last month reported that two persons among those conveying a corpse lost their lives in an accident that happened at Kwali along the ever-busy Abuja-Lokoja highway.
The situation is such that the government is now considering the suspension of the contractor-company from further handling Section II of the Abuja-Abaji Lokoja Federal road project. However, the Section II, Contract Number: 5884 commenced from Abaji – Kotonkarfi – Lokoja.
Director of Highways Construction and Rehabilitation Department, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, FMPWH, Engr. Dayyabu Mamman stated this during an inspection in Abuja.
The Director briefed the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Hassan Zarma, during an inspection of infrastructure projects in the North Central part of the country.
He lamented the delay in the completion of work, stressing that the project was causing sleepless nights, aside numerous accidents recorded particularly on the section of the highway.
According to Mamman, “There are so many accidents on this road and this is because of the delay in project execution. The staff left site since December last year and so it’s been giving us a lot of sleepless nights.”
Asked by the Minister of what measure to take, he advised, “The project should be terminated by the Federal Government. ”For the past five months, they have not returned to site so we have no other alternative than to terminate the contract.”
In his remarks, the firm Site Engineer, Mr. Peter Omenye attributed the delay to strike action from the workers, admitting that it was already five months since the workers commenced the union strike.
He stressed that the firm had persuaded the union but they persisted on their position.