Delta State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has said any civil servant who connives with contractors to do shoddy jobs would face appropriate sanctions.
According to Governor Okowa, quality projects that will stand the test of time would not be compromised by his administration and the meagre resources available to the state must be spent on enduring projects.
The Governor, who spoke while inspecting the Uduophori road in Patani Local Government Area of the state, decried the quality of work on some sections of the project and said the Engineer, a civil servant, who was responsible for the supervision of the road, would face appropriate sanctions.
Inspection of the project was part of activities earmarked for the celebration of the Governor’s one year in office.
He stated, “the Engineer that supervised the job is not supposed to be an employee of the state government, we cannot afford to have our projects fail within one year of execution, it is good that he has been queried but I will follow the case up as appropriate sanctions must be applied.”
Speaking to the contractor in charge of the project, the Governor said, “You have embarrassed me with this type of shoddy job. We cannot push you to go beyond your pace, but we demand a quality job from you as my name matters a lot,” adding, “we don’t have to manage anything, the name of your company is at stake too, the financial situation is tough, so we cannot afford to construct one road twice.”
The Governor also admonished communities to be involved in the supervision of projects in their areas, but should avoid taking laws into their hands and should rather lay their complaints at the appropriate quarters.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engr. Donatus Umukoro said the Engineer who supervised the road project had been queried and the contractor ordered to raise the level of the road which will require the excavation of already executed project.