The Nigerian Minister of Works Davi Umahi has expressed his unwavering commitment to take action against contractors who hinder the progress of the federal government’s road project. Umahi noted that the Nigerian government is working on the 18,897-kilometer road project, which was inherited from the previous administration.
Following a meeting with Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Aso Rock, the Minister of Works conveyed this crucial information. He said that the President’s dedicated to concluding the extensive 18,897 kilometres of road infrastructure. He also added that the estimated worth of the road project amounts to N 14 trillion adding that the federal government has 5.1 trillion available with a funding deficit of N 6 trillion.
Dave Umahi thanked the President for his commitment to the welfare of ordinary Nigerians and for ensuring that his administration primarily serves the people.
Moreover, he tackled the matter of contractors actively impeding the road project’s advancement, stating his intention to refer certain contractors to the ICPC (Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission) to address their actions against the government.
He said, “There are some elements within that are also fighting me, who are also benefitting from the system and that is the greatest problem we have and I just pretended”.
Umahi also vowed to flush them out and send them to the anti-graft agencies for allegedly holding the country for ransom.
“I will flush those elements out and send them to ICPC to handle them because nobody can hold this country to ransom. So, I am giving them the last chance to conform to what will help Mr president to reset the country.
“Then we are also going to leverage the contract we signed, it is 14 days’ notice we are going to give. I have had more than 10 different meetings with contractors where we discussed this” Umahi added.