We Won’t Pay For Shoddy Jobs, Deputy Governor Tells Ekiti Contractors

August 10, 2014

Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Prof. Modupe Adelabu flanked by the Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Dr. Eunice Dada (right) and the Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, Mr. Sunday Ajiboye.

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.

Others are: the construction of four VIP toilets; renovation of blocks of classrooms, fabrication and supply of pupils’ desks and benches, procurement and supply of nursery furniture and fabrication and supply of lockers and chairs. He said that the contract period range between three and six months depending on the nature of the project.
Speaking while inspecting the ECEDC in Ikere-Ekiti, Mrs. Adelabu said the centre was one of three ultra-modern Mega edifices built in the thee senatorial districts of the state by the government of Dr. Fayemi to give toddlers in the stat a good educational head-start in life. The centres are located in Ado-Ekiti (Central), Ikere-Ekiti (South) and Ikole-Ekiti (North).
 She expressed satisfaction with the quality and level of work done so far at the centre and urged the contractor expedite action on its completion, assuring that the centre will be equipped with the state-of-the art facilities preparatory to its take-off for the 2014/2015 academic session.
Prof. Adelabu also urged residents to take advantage of the facility by enrolling their kids as the centre was not designed for the privileged, pointing out the government remained committed to the provision of free, compulsory and qualitative education.

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