Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:44 am
The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has assured that current inspection of bridge projects by its Committee on Works was to ensure quality execution of the contracts.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Mohammed Okpoku, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Agwada on Tuesday that every local council must account for the money released to it for the construction of bridges and culverts in their locality.
NAN reports that Gov. Tanko Al-Makura had in February released over N700 million to the 13 local councils and 18 development areas in the state to construct bridges and culverts.
Okpoku said that the oversight visit by the committee was not meant to witch hunt any local government chairman, but ensure that monies released were accounted for.
According to him, contractors handling the various projects have no reason to delay the work as the governor had released their money in full.
“The inspection exercise was not meant to witch hunt anybody. It is part of the Assembly’s oversight functions to ensure that quality job is done in the interest of peace and development.”
The committee chairman commended Gov. Al-Makura for the initiative, saying it would open up rural areas, stimulate agriculture and socio-economic activities across the state.
“The construction of the bridges and culverts would not only reduce the hardship faced by the people but would also improve on agricultural production, fight poverty, boost revenue base and socio-economic activities of the people,” he said.
He said that so far, the quality of most of the bridges and culverts inspected by the committee was high.(