By Dipo Awojobi – The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure has threatened to deal with any contractor that abandons government projects.
According to the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Abiodun Tobun, efforts would be made to ensure that the contractors of the state government carry out their contracts properly.
Speaking during a tour of some dredging projects in the state on Monday, Hon. Tobun said that it is tax payers’ money that is being spent on the projects, adding that government fund has been appropriately apportioned stressing that the money must be judiciously spent.
“Those, who abandon government projects should pay the contract money back to the government and we will bring them to the chamber of the House if they fail to do that.
“We will expose such persons and let Lagos residents know them. They have been given enough money to make profits and if you put the capital and profits in your pockets, you would be brought to book and dealt with and we will write our reports and bring the person to the floor of the House.
“We will then take a decision and send it to the Governor to take action on such contractors,” he said.
Tobun stated that his committee went on oversight functions to see some of the projects in the state and see their level of development.
He said that they went to see what was on ground with a view to review the projects.
“We were able to visit two projects including the channelisation of Ajegunle-Ilo Aboru that was awarded to Dolly Dredging that is on-going and another project in Egbe, which is also on-going.
“As far as I am concerned, the project in Aboru is not encouraging. The rate at which the project is going is questionable and it is not encouraging at all,” he said.
He revealed that Dolly Dredging has been invited so that they would tell the House what their challenges are, and that the project is moving at a snail speed.
He said: “It is giving us a setback. So, we need to see them and see how far they have gone because they are delaying the development of the state.
Let them come and tell us if it is funding that is delaying them, we know it is not funding.”
The lawmaker added that his committee went out with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to see where there can be synergy between the two ministries as rainy season is approaching.