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ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Works, Ifeanyi Okoma has charged contractors handling various road projects in the state to adhere to world best practices while working on the state road projects.

  Mr. Okoma, an engineer,  gave the charge in a meeting with the contractors and management staff of the ministry held at the ministry’s conference hall, Awka.

  In his opening remarks, the commissioner said that the vision of Gov. Chukwuma Soludo’s administration was to create a livable and prosperous homeland for ndi Anambra and as such, road infrastructure was one of the keys to achieving the vision.

  “The state government is in high spirit to deliver quality road projects and give succour to the people of the state.’

  He reminded them that government was tackling the issue of security, pleading with them to assist the government to succeed in that aspect because according to him, contractors can only work in a secured environment.

  The commissioner noted with dismay the high rate of road failures across the state saying that roads that were not up to three years have started failing, which did not justify the over ₦200 billion that was paid to various contractors that handled various road projects for the state in the last eight years.

  He remarked that some of the contractors have not shown enough commitment, ingenuity and strict adherence to professional engineering ethos in handling the projects given to them.

  He said:  “From now henceforth, it will not be business as usual and the government of Prof. Charles Soludo is poised to bring road infrastructure at par with what is obtainable in modern societies across the world.

  “I am aware that most of them are being owed but the present administration will verify every debt, prioritise the debt and pay the ones it can within the available resources at its disposal.

  Earlier, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Laz Okafor explained that the meeting was convened so that the commissioner would hear directly from the contractors so as to know the issues, challenges and way forward concerning various ongoing road projects in the state.

  He encouraged them to be open and ready to interact with the commissioner for the best interest of the people of the state 

Responding on behalf of the contractors, Mr. Philip Eyisi, an engineer, with Philippe Construction Ltd commended the commissioner for convening the meeting in order to interact with them.

  He pledged that they would return to their various project sites with renewed zeal to deliver on their job descriptions as directed by the commissioner.

  He promised that they would deliver quality road projects that could stand the test of time while appealing to other partners to maintain job integrity, noting that there is always a sense of joy and fulfillment in doing what is right.

   He pleaded with the government to always fund work done.

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