In a bid to get value for taxpayers’ money invested on road construction, Delta State Government may slam three years retention period on contractors.
This was made known in Asaba in a meeting between the contractors and other stakeholders on the one hand and the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye and the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Peter Mrakpor on the other hand.
At the meeting, the Commissioner for Works, Chief James Augoye, lamented that despite the huge sums of money invested by the state government on road construction, taxpayers hardly got value for their money.
In the same vein, the Commissioner for Justice Barrister Peter Mrakpor, observed that failed roads never spoke well of the state government, stressing that engineers who approved such roads would henceforth be prosecuted.
“If a road fails within one year, have we gotten value of our money? That is why we have decided that any road which fails within a short period of time, the contractor will come back for repairs at his own cost” he asserted.
After much negotiation to reduce the retention period from a proposed five year period, both Commissioners appealed to the contractors to deliver projects that would stand the test of time, adding that the retention fee would be paid in percentages after practical completion of project.
Also speaking, the State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Ocheja Ameh, appealed to contractors to involve the Corps in construction work in any part of the state to ease human and vehicular movement.