Umahi Threatens to Revoke Road Contract in Edo state

Minister of Works, David Umahi
Minister of Works, David Umahi

Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, has warned that he would cancel the multi-billion naira Benin/Sapele and Ologbo Road reconstruction if the contractors, Levant Construction Company, did not meet the project's requirements.

On Friday, in response to the dissatisfaction with the work, the minister ordered the ministry’s supervising engineers to issue a warning letter to the contractors on Monday. If no improvement is made within 14 days, he will personally terminate the job.

While on an inspection tour of the work completed on federal roads in Edo, Umahi pointed out that contractors in the country were engaging in political games with Nigerians and issued a warning that he would not allow such actions under his leadership.

He made it clear that he planned to issue a warning letter to the contractor to begin permanent work, and if they failed to start by Monday, they would be served a 14-day termination notice.

“We will pay mobilisation fee to a contractor, we will never pay variation on price for that amount we have paid and that is the problem with Levant and after 14 days of notice of termination, if they don’t adhere to the terms of the contract, I will come and terminate the job myself.

He expressed his dismay over the fact that unethical practices seem to be acceptable in Africa but not in the contractor's country, finding it shameful for them to continuously go back and forth on the job.

The minister further inspected the Benin, Ekpoma Auchi, and Abuja Expressway.

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