Contractors handling projects for Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) got a warning from the state government at the weekend. “We won’t certify any sloppy job for payment,” it said.
Besides, the contractors were warned against compromising the independent monitors mandated to ensure that projects assigned to them are implemented to specification, failing which they risk prosecution Any SUBEB official found to have undermined the government by certifying shoddy jobs for payment will be liable, Board Chairman Prof Modupe Adelabu said at the opening of stakeholders’ meeting and a technical session organized for contractors on Friday.
Prof Adelabu, who doubles as the Deputy Governor, also spoke of government’s resolve to complete most of the on-going projects, especially those identified as Legacy Projects. Some of the Legacy Projects include the Civic Centre, the Oke Ayaba Government House and the State Pavillion on the New Iyin-Ekiti Road.
The SUBEB chair dropped the hint during an impromptu visit to the Early Child Education Development Centre (ECEDC) located at Eyiyato Estate, Moshood Area, Ikere-Ekiti. She urged contractors to be thorough in the implementation of contracts even as they strive to deliver on schedule without compromising on standard. She restated that no official under the Governor Kayode Fayemi-led administration, including herself as the Board chair, has interest in taking any percentage of the contract sum as bribe from any contractor.
Mrs. Adelabu urged the contractors against bribing officials to overlook poorly implemented projects and advised asked them to report any official demanding bribe from them.
Her words: “Use your money to do the job you handle and give us quality job. We are more interested in a quality work done to specification as we don’t want to experience any incident of building collapse in the state.
Two contractors, Messer Ajayi Micheal Ojo and Isaac Idowu spoke for their colleagues. They described the meeting as timely as it offered a platform for the stakeholders (SUBEB management of and contractors) to interface. They also raised some of their challenges, even as they thanked the government for the patronage, assuring to use quality materials and deliver projects that will stand the test of time.
Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the SUBEB Hall, venue of the technical session, Head of Physical Planning Unit (PPU), Mr. Kunle Ehinafe, listed some of the projects. According to him, they include: the construction of Crèche; six classrooms (storey building and bungalow); three classrooms without office and perimeter fencing of schools.
Last modified: August 10, 2014