The Federal Government says it is committed to the provision of adequate infrastructure in the country before the expiration of the present administration.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said this while inspecting ongoing construction of some federal projects in Anambra State.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the inspection, the minister, who was represented by Mr Yemi Ogutoynmie, a Director of Works, said that so far he was satisfied at the quality and progress of the construction.
He said that FG attached importance to the road, describing it as one of the major access roads into the South East.
According to him, the construction will continue even with the rains until the 18 kilometers would be completed.
While inspecting the Federal Secretariat at Awka, the minister commended the contractor for the quality of work done, praising the contractor for keeping the good work.
He promised to report to the minister all the demands of the contractor in order to facilitate the completion of the project as scheduled.
While conducting the minister round, Chief Cosmos Oguguo Agagbo told the Minister that the secretariat awarded about seven years ago, has 402 offices, a Conference Hall, Committee Room and 312 conveniences.
He, however, noted that they did not envisage that the topography of the project concept would change as work progressed.
He said: “We started without FGs approval when the cost of bag of cement was N150.
“Delays in release of funds, coupled with changes in the topography hindered the progress and changed the total contract sum.’
“Because of delays, the cost of the contract skyrocketed to about 15 per cent higher in the initial contract sum.”
According to him, we have made requests and written proposal for review of the contract and have been waiting for the FG’s action since then. (MOI)