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Anambra tackles erosion, awards N1.5b contracts

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 5:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Christian Emeka   —  Special Correspondent, Awka 


The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Anambra State has awarded four erosion control projects in four different locations in the state at the cost of over N1.5 billion.

The erosion control projects, under the supervision of the World Bank, were all awarded to reputable indigenous contractors, according to a statement from the Head, Public Relations/Media, Ministry of Environment, Awka, Emmanuel Ifesinachi.

Speaking in his office in Awka while signing the contract agreement documents on behalf of the Anambra State Government, the Project Coordinator of NEWMAP, Anambra State, Godwin Ebih, disclosed that the Umudunu-Abagana gully erosion project, valued at about N570 million was awarded to Agonic Associates Nigeria Ltd while the Neros Plaza/St Thomas Aquinas gully erosion site at Awka costing N344.9 million was won by Anchor Nuel Resources Ltd.

Other erosion projects, according to the Project Coordinator, are the Amachalla gully erosion, Awka, and would be handled by Pachucs Engineering Ltd at an agreed amount of N372 million, and that of Omagba gully erosion at Onitsha costing about N219.1 million is to be done by Nic & Nic Engineering Ltd.

Ebih explained that the bidding exercise was competitively and transparently done to get best out of the lots bidders, stating that the contractors, after signing their agreement papers, would proceed to take possession of their respective contract sites with the aim to start off with the preliminary preparation and logistics arrangements while the implementation of resettlement action plan (RAP) is concluded in no distant time.

The project coordinator reminded the contractors that the contractual duration is 12 months but that they were expected to execute 80 per cent of the job by the end of April, 2015 before the rains set in properly.

He stated that the projects would be supervised by the State Project Management Unit (SPMU) with the help of Stop-Gap Supervision Team and the World Bank itself to ensure that standard and acceptable jobs are delivered to the communities.

He assured them that payment of jobs at any stage of the projects would not be a problem but that they should aim at excellence and credible performance which would attest to their companies for future job engagements.

Also speaking, the representative of the state government and the Special Assistant to the State Government on Donor Agencies, Mrs. Chinwe Iwuchukwu, commended the contractors for emerging victorious, stating that the need to attend to pressing issues in the state had made the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, to show particular interest in erosion problem  and NEWMAP Programme.

Mrs. Iwuchukwu assured that the state government was committed to monitoring and following trends on job execution under NEWMAP, adding that the government would expect excellent work delivery and within the specified periods.

She reminded the companies that government and the communities concerned are looking up to them to perform, and warned them not to cut corners, otherwise they would be blacklisted by the state government.

Responding on behalf of all the representatives of the companies, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Pachucs Engineering Ltd, Prince Chuma Okolo, expressed appreciation for the trust and confidence the NEWMAP and World Bank reposed in them by giving them the opportunity to participate in effort to remedy the already degraded state land.

Okolo assured that his company has the capacity and capability to deliver job satisfaction and on time, but called for the cooperation of the host communities for smooth operation and the NEWMAP for prompt payment on work delivery.

He promised that his company was ready to take over the site immediately and provide itself the necessary logistics with a view to handover the job within scheduled period.