FG threatens termination of major road contracts over delays

By Esther Agbo

Minister of Works, Sen. David Umahi, has issued a warning that the Federal Government is prepared to terminate contracts with Julius Berger, CCECC, and RCC firms involved in two major South South road projects if they fail to demonstrate commitment within one week.

Speaking in Uyo, the Minister addressed Senate President Godswill Akpabio and other stakeholders from Akwa Ibom, emphasising President Bola Tinubu’s intention to launch the Calabar-Akwa Ibom sections of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway by August.

Umahi specifically identified the Eleme-Onne Section of the East-West Road in Rivers State under RCC, and the Calabar-Itu Road sections managed by Julius Berger and CCECC as projects of concern.

He criticised the contractors for prolonged delays and incomplete work, accusing some of lobbying government officials to avoid penalties from the Works Ministry.

Umahi stated, “By end of this coming week, if Julius Berger fails to re-mobilise to site and CCECC fails to re-mobilise to at least 3 Sessions, their jobs will be terminated.”

Regarding the Eleme-Onne section of the East-West Road, Umahi stated, “The worse of the roads in the entire South South is that Section on the East West Road. RCC has collected over N40 billion. 15km of Road, N156 billion inherited from the past administration.

“We’ve been on them to change their ways. And by the end of next week the 14 days notice of termination will elapse and we will terminate the contract.”

Senate President Akpabio and Akwa Ibom Governor Umo Eno urged Umahi to address other neglected federal road projects in the state and ensure contractors fulfil their obligations to benefit residents and travellers.

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