No price variation in road contracts – Ogun
Gov. Ogun State
The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, has said that there has been no price hike on ongoing road projects awarded by the government in 2013 despite the increase in the cost of construction materials.
The commissioner was quoted to have said this in a statement by the ministry’s Press Officer, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso.
He said it took the intervention of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to convince the contractors on why there could be no price variation on the road projects, adding that the global economic recession slowed down the pace of work on the projects and the governor was of the opinion that payment of civil servants’ salaries and other emoluments should take priority over road projects.
“The governor, as an accountant and a financial engineer, was able to bring his experience to bear as he was able to convince these contractors why price variation on all of these projects was not possible without compromising the standards. Government for now has not revisited the prices,” the commissioner stated.
Adegbite also said the government would adequately compensate those whose houses were demolished to provide the right of way for the construction of a 5.5-kilometre six-lane road in Enugada-Adatan and the two-kilometre Mokola-Itoko road, both in Abeokuta.
He added that a consultant hired by the government had gone round to see the buildings and had advised it on how much should be paid as compensation to the owners, adding that the compensation would be in two folds.
The first fold, according to him, is for owners of the buildings, and the second one will be for those who had buried dead bodies in their compounds, which were exhumed and taken to other locations.
The commissioner stated that there would also be grants for displaced people who did not have money to move their belongings to new locations.
According to him, the government has mobilised all the contractors back to sites and those who have yet to get back will return by the end of April.