…summons contractor for asking for more fund
The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday expressed shock and utter disappoinment over the substandard quality and slow pace of work on the state Judiciary Complex on Kobape Road hurriedly commissioned by the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun few days to the expiration of his eight year rule in May.
The edifice which many believed has not gone more than 60% completion was part of the projects President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned when he visited Ogun State in May as part of activities the immediate past governor, Sen Amosun lined up to celebrate his exit from office after eight years in power.
Prince Abiodun, according to statement from his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Kunle Somorin had visited the judiciary complex on Tuesday to assess the pace of work and find out whether the complex would be ready to host national judiciary conference slated for September only to be confronted with the shoddy job of the contractor handling the project.
The governor was said to have immediately summoned the contractors, Menterota Limited to see him immediately to justify the delay in delivering the complex which the immediate past government said it had paid for in full yet the contractor was asking for variation, meaning more fund.
Gov Abiodun expressed displeasure at the level of work done, describing the quality and design as “flawed”.
The Governor asked rhetorically as he was conveyed round the uncompleted premises, “but this job was fully paid for by the previous paid administration?”
He said he could not understand why a project that was supposedly paid for 100 percent, was yet to be completed and delivered.
Prince Abiodun was accompanied on the project inspection by the State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi and other state officials.
The Governor who said he was prompted to visit the complex as the state judiciary was set to host a National Judicial Conference at the venue in September.
On his assessment of the project, the governor said the design had some flaws and the quality of finishing done was not impressive, adding that he would seat down with the contractors handling the project and look at some of the flaws noticed.
“In my opinion, I think that the design itself has some flaws, not so sure about the quality of finishing I am seeing, but again, I feel that once we sit down with the contractors, both the civil and the contractors handling the fixtures, we should be able to work something out, there might be some design changes around here.
“ As you can see, there are some pipes exposed , they look like designs from the sixties, you can also see rain water gathering on the floor, the receptionist cannot sit down there when it is raining even in the sun, we need to do some design changes,” he said.
Abiodun said the objective of his visit was to ensure that the complex was fully ready when the Judiciary resumes and begin to prepare for their conference in September.
The State Chief Judge lauded the governor for having at heart the comfort of the judiciary, saying that the gesture of the governor to see to the timely completion of the complex in readiness for a conference coming up in September, would be repaid with the cooperation of the state judiciary.