Acting chairman, committee on Works and Infrastructural Development, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso,

By Akawu Ibrahim

Niger state House of Assembly committee on works and infrastructural development has accused the contractor handling the dualization of broadcasting road in Minna of gravely compromising standard.

The committee during an oversight visit to the project site expressed displeasure with the work done and faulted the engineering design, describing it as unsafe for human and vehicular movement.

Led by the acting chairman of the committee, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso, the members also extended their visit to Minna-Kataeregi-Bida road project embarked earlier this year.

Hon Malik said he and his members were not satisfied with the work done and it fell short of what they were expecting. He said the road was too narrow and will not serve the purpose it was meant for, saying “nobody can convince us that the work going on here conforms to any reasonable standard because this is not exactly what we are looking for”.

He said the road was so close to people’s houses and shops that it has no space or gap for any human activities. “How can a road with such a huge traffic be constructed in such a way that it is too near to people’s homes and shops. Immediately you take one step you are on the road. This is dangerous,” he bemoaned.

A member of the committee, Hon Mohammed Haruna said the road was not centralized and it was more to one sided, with the walk way narrowed and compressed that gave the road a bad shape.

He promised that the committee will invite everyone that has a hand in the design and construction of the road in order to get things straightened. 

However, the contractor handling the dualization work, Mr Jameel Milajarabanta said the contract was awarded for N1.286b and it was the ministry of works that gave them the design which they were using. He said it wasn’t his fault that the road was being constructed the way it is.

When it was mentioned to him that the road is badly shaped, he said that was how the road was designed by the government and that was exactly what he was given, saying “it is the design and not my issue. If you give me two metres I will do two metres and if you give me 10 metres I will do 10 metres. I am a contractor, I am to execute the road and not design the road. Whatever you give me that’s exactly what I will put on the ground”.

Earlier, the legislative committee took a visit to the Minna-Kataeregi-Bida road to ascertain the level of work done. The project manager, Mr Birahim Fehri told the committee that covid-19 and the rainfall were responsible for the delay.

He assured the legislators that asphalt will be laid in the next six weeks from Garatu to Minna which is 15 kilometers.

He said only 14 percent was given to them as mobilization fee which was grossly inadequate. He said his company was committed to keeping its own agreement in the deal entered by the state government.

The committee members however urged him to live up to his promise to do a good job even though the 18 dry months completion period earlier projected may not be achieved.