NIGERIA GOVT. CRITICIZED RCC FOR FAILURE TO COMPLETE 1KM OF THE 15KM EAST-WEST ROAD SECTION

The federal government has criticized Reynolds Construction Company (RCC) for its failure to complete even a single kilometer of the 15km East-West Road section from Eleme Junction to Onne Port Junction in Rivers State, despite having received over N40 billion in mobilization funds. This criticism was articulated by the Minister of Works, David Umahi, during an inspection tour of ongoing road projects in the South-South zone.

Umahi expressed profound disappointment in RCC’s performance, stating, “We are very sad with the manner and behaviour of this contractor, RCC. The federal government has paid over N40bn on this project, and not even one kilometre has been completed.” The minister noted that the delay was attributed to the ongoing importation of necessary machinery, an excuse that the Federal Government found unacceptable.

Furthermore, Umahi emphasized that the government would not entertain any requests for price variations from the contractor, asserting that the project does not justify any price adjustments. He highlighted the significant hardships faced by road users due to the project’s delay and reiterated the government’s commitment to securing interim funds for road maintenance until RCC resumes work.

In a decisive move, Umahi issued a seven-day ultimatum to RCC, warning that failure to remobilize and continue the work would result in the termination of their contract. This stern stance underscores the federal government’s determination to ensure accountability and progress in critical infrastructure projects.

 

SOURCE: DailyTrust

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