Senate lauds Arab Contractors for not abandoning Ikorodu-Sagamu road project

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The Senate on Wednesday promised to investigate inadequate funding of the ongoing Ikorodu-Sagamu Road project and commended the contractor, Arab Contractors Nigeria Ltd, for not abandoning the project.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, Sen. Adamu Aliero made the promise when he led a delegation of committee members during an oversight inspection of roads in Lagos.

He said that contractor had submitted 11 certificates but paid for one. “We are impressed with the quality of work which is moving progressively. Unfortunately the contractor has about 11 certificates since 2018 raised by the Federal Ministry of Works and sent to the headquarters.

“Out of these 11, only one is paid but they continued the work. They did not stop because of the importance of the road linking Lagos and Ogun States,” he said.

Aliero described the road as an important infrastructure for economic growth of both states and the nation.

He said that the committee would investigate the non-payment and address the issues to determine whether the problem emanated from the ministry or budgetary allocation.

The committee chairman said that any other contractor would have abandoned the site based on the circumstances.

Aliero commended “the resilience of Arab Contractors Nigeria Ltd.”.

While inspecting the reconstruction and Asphalt overlay of Benin-Ofosu-Ore-Ajebandele-Sagamu dual carriageway project, the committee members raised various queries.

The lawmakers advised Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), the contractor on the project to speed up construction works and improve on its Corporate Social Responsibility to its host community.

While giving a brief on the project, the Director, Federal Highways, Southwest, Funso Adebiyi, said that Section four of the project was awarded in 2014.

Adebiyi explained that the project was 25.42 per cent completed, blaming the slow pace of the work on inadequate funding of the project.

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