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FCT Minister Warns Contractors Against Contract Variations in Road Rehabilitation Projects

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FCT Minister Warns Contractors Against Contract Variations in Road Rehabilitation Projects
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has issued a stern warning to contractors involved in the rehabilitation of 135 roads in Abuja. He emphasized that contract variations will not be accepted and assured the timely completion of the projects within six months. The Minister also urged residents and traditional rulers to support the contractors and highlighted the significance of development in the face of temporary inconveniences.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has warned contractors handling the rehabilitation of 135 roads in the capital city as well as civil engineering services against contract variations.

Mr Wike delivered the warning during the official inauguration of the projects in Abuja on Monday. He made assurances that the rehabilitation projects would be completed within six months.

Addressing the contractors, the Minister stated, "To the contractors, let me warn you now, all these things you are doing with engineering services will not work again.

"Nothing like variation; it will not work. Kobo, one naira, in the next seven days it becomes N15, it will not work again. It will not work, so don't even try it. There is no variation in this job.

"We have the money to pay you. So, if you like to go to engineering services and do anything with them, it will not work.

"We are paying you your money and I assure you that nobody will owe you a dime. We are going to pay you and you must finish within the time we have agreed with you."

The Minister also warned the Permanent Secretary, FCT Administration, Mr Olusade Adesola, not to present any papers seeking reconsideration or files related to unanticipated issues, as everything had been thoroughly examined and taken into account.

Mr Wike called on the residents of Abuja to provide their unwavering support to the contractors to ensure the timely completion of the projects. He acknowledged that development often comes with temporary inconveniences.

In addition, he sought the collaboration of traditional rulers, urging them to encourage the youths and residents of their communities to support and cooperate with the contractors so that the projects can be delivered on time.

Expressing his gratitude, Mr Wike thanked the Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, Mr Christopher Maikalangu, for publicly declaring the area council's decision to work with the FCT Administration for the benefit of the residents.

The Minister of State, FCT, Dr Mariya Mahmoud, also highlighted the remarkable achievements of the FCT Administration in transforming the capital city in the short span of three weeks since Mr Wike assumed office.

Dr Mahmoud pointed out that significant progress had been made regarding streetlights and sanitation, and now the focus was on the road infrastructure to positively impact the residents.

Providing an overview of the projects, FCTA's Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, explained that they entail the rehabilitation and resurfacing of 135 existing roads and remedial works on bridges in various districts of the FCT.

Mr Ahmed Hadi, the Executive Secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, emphasized the substantial deterioration of many roads developed in Phase I since the 1980s.

According to Mr Hadi, the project will involve scarification and removal of existing asphalt in certain locations and asphalt overlay in other areas. The 135 roads in Wuse, Garki, some parts of Maitama and Asokoro will cover a distance of 42 kilometers.

When completed, the projects are expected to enhance traffic flow, reduce travel time, and improve road safety in the FCT.

Mr Muktar Betara, the Chairman of the House Committee on FCT, expressed confidence in Mr Wike's ability to deliver transformative changes for the FCT.

The Ona of Abaji and Chairman of the FCT Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Adamu Yunusa, assured the Minister of the traditional council's support in realizing the projects' objectives.

Mr Christopher Maikalangu, the Chairman of the Abuja Municipal Area Council, lauded Mr Wike for this commendable feat and appealed for the extension of similar initiatives to rural communities. This collaborative effort would complement the development projects initiated by the six area councils, accelerating progress in the region.

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