By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Senate Committee on Works has warned against poor quality of work done on Kaduna Federal Roads.
Members of the Committee gave the warning, while in Kaduna, on oversight function of Federal Government projects across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, told the project manager of Mothercat construction firm handling the maintenance job on Kaduna-Zaria Road, that “shoddy job will not be tolerated.”
He said a situation, where patches on the road disintegrate few months after fixing them is unacceptable, and advised the contractor to blend the patches, adding that “If holes are still on places patched, it’s as good as work undone.”
While noting that pavement is part of the contract, Gaya said durability of roads depends on well constructed pavement, and noted that “If roadbed is well constructed, the shoulder too should be treated well.”
According to him, for safety of Nigerians, the contractor should engage independent labour to control the vegetation, explaining that if the grasses along are left unattended to, armed robbers and other hoodlums will capitalise on to unleash havoc on road users.
He further said that a situation where one lane of the road is being concentrated for (both going and coming) motorists to use is unacceptable. The committee chairman said both lanes should be started at the same time, for safety and convenience of road users.
Meanwhile, he assured the contractor that, as 2018 fiscal year approaches, all differences incurred for quality of job done will be settled by the government.
Earlier, Coordinator of the project, Engineer Sa’ad Tukur, told the Committee at the Jaji Bridge that an accident occurred at bridge soon after it was completed and commissioned.
He said that a Dangote truck was involved in an accident, causing a colossal damage to the bridge constructed by an Italian company, Borini Prono. He however explained that plans are on for a fresh bridge, as the damaged one has become a ‘death trap.’
When the federal lawmakers paid a courtesy call on Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House, the governor eulogised the lawmakers, describing them as patriots willing to entrench good governance in the country.
He said that it was the first, since the return of the democracy in the Fourth Republic, for the Senators to undertake tour of 21 states on national assignment.