Benin-Auchi Road: Edo House Threatens Construction Companies with Arrest

The Edo State House of Assembly has threatened to invoke the relevant laws to compel Dantata and Sawoe and Mothercat construction companies to appear before it.
The House on Monday issued the threat for failure of the companies to appear before it and explain why they have stopped work on the Benin-Auchi Road that has become a nightmare for travellers and motor owners.
The House which expressed the reservation when the management of Renolds Construction Company (RCC), handling part of the road heeded to the invitation of the House, expressed sadness over the refusal of the two companies to respond to the invitation.
The Speaker of the House, Kabiru Adjoto, threatened to charge the management of Dantata and Sawoe and Mothercat for contempt of the legislature if they failed to appear on October 23.
“Contempt of the legislature is a very serious crime under our law. It a very serious crime punishable under our law. We invited three companies and for the second time now Dantata and Sawoe and Mothercat refused to show up.
“The law is clear and unambiguous. For the very last time we asks them to appear again on October 23, 2017 at 10 am at plenary and if by that day, Dantataand Sawoe and Mothercat refuses to appear before Edo people, the law will take its course and we shall apply it to the latter,” Adjoto threatened.
Meanwhile, RCC said it would not go back to site as far as the Federal Government owes the company a debt of N7bn.
The company said the Federal Government is owing it about N7bn for the job it has done so far on the construction of the Benin-Auchi dual carriage road.
The Site Engineer of RCC, Sepic Igor, disclosed this Monday when he appeared at plenary session of the Edo State House of Assembly, in Benin City.
The firm is handling the construction of the Benin-Ehor section of the dualisation of the Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi-Okpella-Okene highway.
The House had last month summoned the management of the firms handling various sections of the road over the slow pace of works on the road.
Igor, while responding to questions from the lawmakers, disclosed that the contract sum of the section of the road awarded to his firm was N35.5bn and that about 31 percent of the job has been done so far.
He pointed out that the firm was awarded 14 Kilometres and that the job has been done in accordance with the design and specification of the contract.
Igor also explained that in the last one month the road was in very bad condition but with the commitment of the management and staff to duty the road is now motorable.
According to him, the contract for the award was advertised on December 12, 2012, and works commenced on December 24, 2012 while completion date is December 22, 2018.
He said the contract has 36 months completion duration, representing 36 months pre-addendum and 36 post-addendum.
In his reaction Adjoto noted that the company was not doing enough to improve on the condition of the road.
Adjoto who commended the Site Engineer for honouring the House invitation, urged the firm to do all within its power to finish contract on record time.

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