Delta State Government has threatened to revoke the Udu Harbour Market project and re – award it to a more competent contractor that will deliver the job.
The State Commissioner for Trade and Investments, Honourable Chika Ossai, stated this when he led the management team of his Ministry on the inspection of some of the ongoing market projects in Bomadi, Okwagbe, Otu Jeremy and Udu.
Chika Ossai, who frowned at the way the Udu market project was abandoned after the contractor absconded with the huge amount paid so far, said the market remained a star project of the state government.
The Commissioner pointed out that the Udu Harbour market was awarded to four contractors, commissioned to built six hundred and four lock up shops, a Bank, police post, administrative office, bore hole, electrification, ware house, abattoir, cattle ranch, gate house generator house and toilet.
He appealed to the people of Udu Community to be patient with the state government as the Okowa administration would do everything possible to ensure that the project was re – awarded to a more competent contractor.
The Commissioner and his inspection team were also at the Bomadi modern market to ascertain the level of work done on the project.
Chika Ossai, who expressed worry over the slow pace of work on the project, urged the contractor to go back to site immediately and continue work on the project.
The Bomadi Market is expected to house one hundred and ninety six open shops, twenty eight Lock up stores and two garri warehouses and a cold room.
The team was also at Otu Jeremi market and Okwagbe central market where the Commissioner asked the contractor to work according to specification and ensure early completion of the project.
Chika Ossai said so far four modern markets were ready for commissioning and urged the contractors not to wait for full payment before completing the projects, as the state government would always patronize those who showed interest in delivering their jobs on schedule without necessarily waiting to be paid.