ADAMAWA ODDITY: Contractor disappears after pocketing N500m mobilization
LEGISREPORTS NG: A contractor handling several road projects in Adamawa State has disappeared into thin air after collecting 500 million naira as mobilization from the government.Consequently, a two week ultimatum has been given to the contractor to as a matter of urgency mobilize to site or be made to face the wrath of the law. The ultimatum was yesterday given by the Adamawa State House of Assembly committee on Land and Survey. The construction firm, Deckit Nigeria Limited, it would be recalled was recently summoned by the House to explain the rationale behind their decision to abandon works on most of the road projects being handle by them in the Mubi local government council. Giving the directive in a meeting with the representatives of the construction firm, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Wilbina Jackson felt sad that in spite of the huge amount doled out by the state government, the company has failed to mobilize to the sites to commence work.
LEGISREPORTS gathered that on receiving the sum of N500Million as mobilization fees from the Adamawa state government, rather than swinging into action by moving to the sites, the firm was said to have disappeared into thin air. Dejected by the development, the committee, through its chairman told the contractors that the lawmakers will live no stone unturned to make sure that the company adhere strictly to its contract agreement with the state. The committee, Jackson added had gone out on oversight functions to examine the quality of job so far done by the company and to ascertain if the works actually commensurate with the amount so far collected.
On submitting the report to the House, the Committee was mandated to invite the company for questioning as the job put on ground was said to be of low standard. Collaborating Jackson, the member representing Michika constituency, Hon. Adamu Kamale, admonished the management of the company to resume to sites as erosion according to him, has began to affect certain parts of the bridges. Givig their side of the story, the site engineer of the company, Mr. Frank Alaya, hinged their inability to mobilize to site to the ailment of the Chief Executive Officer of the company, whom according to him “is critically ill.” Alaya went ahead to plead with the committee and the entire members of the House of Assembly to give them time to mobilize to sites to complete the works which he agreed that part payments have been made by the state government.