September 24, 2022

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FG threatens revocation of N29bn Yola-Mubi road contract

The Federal Government has threatened to revoke the N29 billion Yola-Mubi roads rehabilitations contracts awarded to AG Vision, in Adamawa State.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, issued the warning to the management of AG Vision after he undertook an inspection of ongoing rehabilitation works by the contractor in the company of the Minister of Transportation, Mohammed Sambo Aji.

The SGF and the minister who expressed displeasure over the contractor’s handling of the roads project awarded in 2017 with a variation issued the contractor a one-week ultimatum to return to the site.

He warned that the government would not hesitate to revoke the contract, should the slow pace of the project continue to hinder its completion.

While lamenting the handling of the project despite the huge amount allocated for the contract, the SGF said, “I am very disappointed with the level of work here, normally it is the government that owes contractors and not contractors owing the government.

“This contract of Yola-Mubi road was awarded to AG Vision in 2017 for N 22 billion Naira because of the slow pace of work, there was a review and this year another N29billion was approved, we do not want another review, the company must return to site or face the consequences.”

Mustapha further assured that the federal government remains committed to giving Nigerians good roads and other infrastructure, stressing that the NNPC will inject funds into the project because of its strategic importance, linking Borno and Adamawa States.

Speaking in the same vein, Aji told the contractor, “your company is exhibiting incompetence”.

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However, the site engineer, Francis Musa, argued that “work stopped because of the Salah break; we’ll be back to work next week.

“I want to also assure the Federal Government that the project will be completed as funds comes in.

Earlier, the SGF had commiserated with the Lamido Adamawa, Barikindo Aliyu Mustapha, over the death of Mohammed Sanusi Barikindo, OPEC Secretary General who died last week.

He described his death as a great loss to Nigeria and the world, “We have missed his wealth of experience, particularly in the oil and gas industry.”

Leading the government delegation, the SGF also visited the headquarters of ‘Ekklesiyan Yan’uwa A Nigeria’, also known as the Church of the Brethren to condole with the family of Rev. Daniel Umaru, whose two sons were murdered by terrorists last week.

The PUNCH on July 7, 2022, reported that gunmen shot Pastor Umaru, gunned down his two sons, and kidnapped his 13-year-old daughter in Adamawa State.

The cleric lost his two sons while he was taken to the hospital where he has been battling to survive.

The PUNCH also reported that the abducted daughter of the pastor has since regained her freedom after the payment of an undisclosed sum of money as ransom payment.