Zamfara Assembly calls for suspension of N4.9 bn road project

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Zamfara House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport has called for the immediate suspension of the N4.9 billion road project linking Mada-Wonaka-RuwanBaure communities in Gusau Local Government Area of the state.

The committee, led by its chairman, Alhaji Yusuf Anka made the call after an unscheduled visit to the project site.

A statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Assembly, Malam Mustafa Jafaru-Kaura, made available to newsmen in Gusau on Wednesday, said the visit was part of the committee’s oversight functions.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the project is being executed by Syndicate and Commercials Nigeria Limited and was awarded by the immediate past administration of Alhaji Abdul’aziz Yari.

Anka expressed displeasure with the snail speed at which the project was going for over three months, even though the contractor had collected over N1 billion as mobilisation, which represented 40 per cent of the total cost.

The lawmakers directed the contractor to appear before the committee immediately to explain the delay and alleged poor quality of the job executed.

“The Sixth assembly will not fold its arms and watch public funds being mismanaged or wasted.

“I am using this medium to warn contractors handling different projects in the state to work in line with the contractual agreement and to ensure good and quality jobs,’’ he stressed.

Earlier, the project engineer from the State Ministry of Works, Mr Bashir Galadima lamented over the abandonment of the project by the contractor.

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