Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Rep decries poor handling of road project in Calabar community


 House of Representatives member for Calabar Municipality/ Odukpani Federal Constituency, Rt Hon Ntufam Eta Mbora, has expressed dismay over the poor handling of road contract in his constituency.

Ntufam Eta Mbora, who spoke with journalists in  Calabar shortly after inspecting some constituency projects in Calabar and Odukpani local government areas, described the  shoddy handling of road project located at 8-Miles at the outskirts of Calabar metropolis as unacceptable

The Rep, who explained that he has earlier drawn the attention of officials of federal ministry of works in Calabar on the need for strict supervision, accused the works officials of colluding effectively with the contractor, Messer Cholaina Nigeria Limited based in Lekki, Lagos, in messing up the construction of the Old Adiabo road  in flagrant disregard to standard procedures and the contractual agreement.

He said: "After inspecting the Old Adiabo road, I  feel very sad on its terrible state and has personally  reported the matter  to the office of the minister of works in Abuja  and other relevant MDAs urging them  to compel the contractor to return to site and quickly  redress the anomaly before issuing certificate of completion to process any payment.

"I would not allow any contractor to frustrate any of my  constituency projects through poorly executed jobs, thereby exposing the envisaged beneficiaries to imminent danger  and by so doing, negating the good intention of government.

"Before now, some concerned stakeholders  of the community have raised the alarm over the fraudulent activity of the company. I can assure them that  efforts are on to redress the abnormally."

Speaking, a concerned resident of the area, David Edem, Esq, appealed to relevant authority to prosecute  the contractor and the federal controller of works in Calabar for allegdely conniving to sabotage the  genuine intentions of the government  in the area of addressing the basic need of the citizenry.

 Edem alleged that the contractor assigned for the job lacks the needed manpower, engineering flair and basic vital equipment for road construction.

He expressed shock that even after  notifying the federal controller of works on the alleged incompetency of the contractor, the federal controller intentionally turned a blind eye to haphazard job.

According to him,"when the company arrived the community with spade, shovels and diggers without any earth- moving equipment to construct the Old Adiabo road, the community visited the Calabar office of the  federal ministry  of work   alerting  the controller on the glaring inadequacies, but nothing was done to check the excesses of company"

Also speaking, Ene Ankot, Esq,  said  the management of the company should be held responsible for the low standard, stressing that the firm lacks professional integrity to execute any engineering assignment judging by the quality of job done at the old Adiabo Road.

When our correspondent visited the the office of State Controller of Works at Federal Secretariat Calabar, the front desk officer, who does not want his name on print, said the Controller, Engr Bassey Nsentip was out on official duty.

A Call put across to the Controller  was not returned. But a source in the office disclosed that there was little they  could have done towards enforcing strict adherence to   established standard because of the robust relationship of the contractor with top officials of Federal Ministry of Works in Abuja.

Efforts to get the federal controller of work Engr Bassey Nsentip to comment on the issue prove abortive as he was said to be indisposed.


Pix caption: 

Failed portion of the Old Adiabo Road, Ikot Omin, Calabar Municipality in Cross River State