By Jennifer John
Imo State Commissioner for works Ralph Nwosu has expressed mixed feelings over the performance of contractors handling construction works in the state.
While he commended most of the companies for the quality and pace of their work, he particular berated the China Habour Engineering Company who is handling the Naze-Nekede-Ihiagwa-Obinze Road for their slow pace and for not working in line with government directives.
Part of the contentious issues include; that the contractor failed to protect their earthworks with stone-base as they moved along which has made the area to now be in total mess of mud with the inception of the rains. Also when they made attempt to lay stone-base, they started from middle of the road in total disregard of government directives to start from the beginning.
“We are not happy about what is happening at Nekede-Ihiagwa Road which is the biggest contract in the state. From what we have given them, we are not satisfied the work they have done so far.
He disclosed that their were 37 actively ongoing road construction works in the state which contractors have been fully mobilized and reassured Imolites that non of them will be abandoned. He promising that no contractor who has shown willingness to work for the government and people of Imo State, not only as business people but as partners in progress will be victimized or have their contracts revoked.
He however warned that in the case where any contractor shows clear signs of sabotage, government will not hesitate to take action that will be in the better interest of the general masses.
Contract sites where the Commissioner visited and expressed satisfaction at the level of work done included; Dick-Tiger and Relief Market Roads being handled by Leo 9 construction company who are also constructing tunnel to collect all flood from Egbu, Chukwuma Nwoha, Relief Market and environs to the Otamiri River to handle the perennial flooding that have been ravaging People living around the areas for years. The Project Supervisor, Engr Peter Amadi and Project Manager Ali Houjeij were on ground to conduct the Commissioner and his entourage round the project.
The team also inspected the MCC Road construction work being handled by Iron Ox construction company where the Commissioner ordered the contractors to open one lane to traffic while working on one.
The team inspected the ongoing comprehensive renovation of Ring Roads in Aladimma Housing Estate being handled by Gin and Gin construction company.
Chairman of the Company, Prince Eugene Dibiagwu conducted the team round the contract which included the control of flood around Aladimma Housing Estate, Prefab and Ikenegbu areas. He informed the Commissioner of the strenuous effort the the company made to discover and desilt the existing tunnel in the area, with which it will channel all flood in the area to the Lake Nwaebere.
Also the Commissioner was happy with the efforts of, Macon Engr Company Handing the Mbaonu Ojike to IMSU, Viche Resources Nigeria Ltd handling the World Bank and the contractors for Akachi Road, some of who were seen working seriously even under the rains.