To go after contractors who have collected mobilisation fees and abandoned projects

Linus Okorie, representing Onicha/Ivo/Ohaozara Federal Constituency of Ebonyi

The Ebonyi State House of Assembly has recommended the prosecution of contractors and termination of any shabby contracts executed by contractors.

Frank Onwe, the House Committee Chairman on Works, who stated this on Friday in Abakaliki, noted that the lawmakers will also use the proposed tour of projects in the state to look into contracts sums of these projects.

Onwe expressed regrets that some contractors, after collecting mobilisation fees, will not be seen at the project sites. “It is sad that so many things go wrong,” he said. “That is not to say that some of the contractors are not doing well; while some of them collect the money and then do little or nothing. That is why we want to go round the roads, inspect them and make our reports accordingly.

We will ensure the contractors do the right thing. If we discover that you have been paid, and have abandoned the project, for goodness sake, we will invite you and that is the essence; if we go on every site, we will make the contractor there to answer our questions.”

“We are not intending to witch hunt anybody or probe the executive, as you put it, rather we are paying complementary roles to ensure that the work of the executive arm of government is made easier and it is what we owe our constituents. I pray no contractor pushes us to the wall; we won’t fold our arms and watch people cart away the tax payers’ funds. We will not keep quiet.”

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