Daily Trust

Kano re­vokes N500m road con­tract, re-awards same for N1.4bn

- From Habibu Umar Aminu, Kano Nigeria News · Kano State · Nigeria · Ahmadu Bello · Media Trust

Kano State gov­ern­ment has re­voked the con­tract for the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and as­phaltic over­lay of Ah­madu Bello Way for non-per­for­mance and lack of timely com­ple­tion of the project on the part of the con­trac­tor.

The con­tract, which was ear­lier awarded at over N500mil­lion, has been re-awarded to another firm at the cost of N1.4 bil­lion.

It was gath­ered that the con­tract was ear­lier awarded to Messrs Ti­amin Mul­tiSer­vices Global Lim­ited but now re-awarded to Messrs Tra­iacta Nige­ria Lim­ited.

Daily Trust re­ports that Ti­amin Mul­tiSer­vices Global Lim­ited has been hav­ing a run­ning bat­tle with the state gov­ern­ment over its al­leged role in the vi­ral video show­ing the state gov­er­nor, Ab­dul­lahi Umar Gan­duje, al­legedly col­lect­ing kick­back from a con­trac­tor, an al­le­ga­tion the gov­er­nor strongly de­nied.

Brief­ing news­men on the out­come of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meeting on Thurs­day, the state com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Malam Muham­mad Garba, said so far 15 per­cent ad­vance pay­ment amount­ing to N84.9m was re­leased to the con­trac­tor while about 12 per­cent progress was achieved.

He said fol­low­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of ac­counts between the state gov­ern­ment and the con­trac­tor’s en­gi­neer, a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion cer­tifi­cate raised in­di­cated a neg­a­tive value of N11.3m against the con­trac­tor and a bal­ance of 10 per cent re­ten­tion money amount­ing to N3m in favour of the con­trac­tor pend­ing ex­pi­ra­tion of the de­fect li­a­bil­ity pe­riod.

“The scope of the project com­prises among oth­ers, site clear­ance, scar­i­fi­ca­tion of ex­ist­ing failed sur­fac­ing, ex­ca­va­tion and re­moval of bi­tu­mi­nous sec­tions, fill ma­te­rial, de­mo­li­tion of failed ring cul­verts, box cul­verts and block work drainages, pro­vi­sion of sub­base and crush stone base, prime coat, pro­vi­sion of as­phaltic binder and wear­ing cour­ses,” he said.

Mo­hammed said other de­ci­sions taken by the coun­cil in­cluded the re­lease of N169.5 mil­lion to the State Se­nior Se­condary School Man­age­ment Board to cater for nine weeks feed­ing, lo­gis­tics and mon­i­tor­ing of stu­dents writ­ing the Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (NECO) and the Na­tional Board for Ara­bic and Is­lamic Stud­ies (NBAIS) ex­am­i­na­tions.

He said the num­ber of stu­dents sit­ting for both NECO and NBAIS which stood at 12,171, will be fed for nine weeks dur­ing their stay in school at the cost of N1, 591 per head which trans­lates to N161. 1mil­lion and lo­gis­tic and mon­i­tor­ing at N20,000x39 schools for nine weeks for NECO to­talling N7 mil­lion, while that of NBAIS at N20,000 for nine weeks stood at N9.5 mil­lion.

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