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Lawmaker Decries Poor Quality Roads By Contractors

Posted: Sep 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwjekwu Ilozue, Awka


The member representing Aguata constituency 1 and chairman, House Committee in the Anambra State House of Assembly, Ikechukwu Umeh, has decried what he described as poor quality roads constructed by contractors handling various road projects in the state and warned that if the contractors don’t sit up, they would be sanctioned.

Umeh handed down the warning in an interview with newsmen on Wednesday in Awka.

He said that the contractors in the state had given a substandard work in road construction but warned that such would not continue.

According to him, the era of wasting the tax payers’ money on unrepentant contractors was over.

Umeh said that the committee would take seriously its over- sight function and report findings to the appropriate body and match actions with report for ultimate result.

He disclosed that the committee had paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Works in the state to acquaint themselves with the ministry and inform it of its committee’s readiness to work “to ensure that the people get the very best of road network in the country .

“We will defend the interest of the people by ensuring that quality roads are constructed and the old ones maintained.

“We intend to find out why contractors do not give quality roads that will last at least five years before repairs will be due on such roads and proffer solution as the committee knows the important of road net work to the people” he said.


Umeh said that since the bulk of the constituents are farmers and agriculture has a pride of place in development of the state, good road network cannot constitute a hindrance to the promotion of agricultural base in the state.

He said: “Since the state government is willing to give theses basic amenity we must support the efforts by doing our oversight function timely   so the money would not be a waste.” According to the lawmaker, the committee will assess the site engineers, their foremen and materials to ensure that they conform to best practice.

He advocated that more link roads and access roads be constructed to link where there is economic gains as a means of encouragement to farmers and industrialists in the state.

“ We will ensure that what is in the contract paper must conform to what is on ground to avoid poor construction , am a member of Housing committee and same measures would be extended so that all illegal structures and substandard buildings will be checked,” he concluded.