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Bauchi Govt. displeased with contractor’s poor handling of Hanafari road project

The Bauchi State Government on Saturday expressed dismay over the poor performance of AZCO Engineering Company Ltd. constructing Hanafari-Jarara-G/Babani-S/Kafi-Mashema road in Jama’are Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Abubakar Tatari-Ali, expressed displeasure in Hanafari Town when he undertook an unscheduled inspection of the N856.4 million project.

Tatari-Ali, who led the ministry’s officials and journalists to the site, said that he was surprised that the work done so far on the road awarded in October 2016 was at zero level.

He said that the level of job executed and equipment at site indicated clearly that the firm was not performing to expectation.

“In spite of the fact that government had paid N256.9 million out of the contract sum to ensure the project receive good attention, the firm’s performance is retarding development.

“All other contracts awarded at the same time had reached hydrologic, culverts and bridges stages but you are still telling me you are at re-designing stage.

“Even if you are my son, I will not tolerate such negative attitude, you either perform or I will terminate the contract and re-award it to a firm that can do it,’’ Tatari-Ali said.

He also said that the performance of the firm was still at bush clearing level, while others had reached between 35 per cent and 45 per cent completion stages.

“You commenced work since Oct. 2016 and now is January ending and very soon, we will enter the rainy season and I know you will complain of rain disturbing your progress.

“I am not satisfied with both the quality and pace of your job and you must change,’’ the commissioner asserted.

He directed the contractor and the consultant, a staff of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, to report to his office latest on Jan. 30 for discussion.

A representative of the firm, who spoke anonymously, had told the commissioner that they had mobilised to site and was re-designing the project.

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