By KEHINDE AKINPELU, ILORIN
Kwara State government has charged all contractors handling projects at various levels across the state not to compromise standards and strive to deliver them on schedule.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, TPL. Isiak Yinka Oloruko-Oba gave the advice in a meeting he held with some contractors in the ministry.
Oloruko- oba said that any job short of expected quality by contractors will not only be unacceptable but also be seen as a deliberate sabotage of the government’s efforts to improve infrastructure for the comfort of the citizenry.
He disclosed that the Ministry has put in place a special task force that will soon embark on inspection of all construction projects, both completed and ongoing, in a bid to achieve proper service delivery in that sector.
The Permanent Secretary there urged them to return to sites for their own good.
In her remarks, Director of Building Services, QS Christiana Modupeola Ifabiyi expressed her reservations about the poor attitude of some contractors, asking them to turn a new leaf and endeavour to deliver quality jobs that will stand the test of time.
Responding, Mr Toyin Moshood Bolaji, of Treeforest Nigeria limited, who spoke for the other contractors, lamented how the hike in prices of materials has negatively affected the sums of their awarded contracts.
He appealed to the state government to pay them up to enable them complete the outstanding works in their respective sites.
Mr Bolaji requested the Ministry to take note of some of the newly constructed school buildings already in use, claiming that his members should not be held responsible for any damage the Ministry’s officials may sight in the course of inspection.
He thanked Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for the priority his administration has accorded infrastructural development in the state.
The meeting also had in attendance other top ranking officials from the Ministry and the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development with at least forty local contractors.