Contractor seeks additional 4 years to complete Lokoja-Benin highway project

Lokoja-Benin highway
Lokoja-Benin highway

THE Project Manager of Rynoid Construction Company (RCC), Naor Narkisi, on Tuesday, said the company would need an additional four years to complete its own section of the Lokoja-Benin highway project.

Narkisi said this when the Senate Committee on Works, led by Sen. Adamu Aliero, inspected the ongoing dualization of the Benin-Lokoja highway to ascertain the level of work done.

According to him, section four of the road (Ehor-Benin) was awarded to the company in 2012 and expected to be completed in 2018, a period that had since lapsed.

“We have forwarded the request for augmentation and extension of completion period to the headquarters for consideration and approval.

“Delay in the approval for augmentation has resulted in considerable waste of time in the work,” Narkisi said.

Aliero, however, said the committee was impressed with the level of work done so far on the road.

”We are impressed with what we have seen; the contractor has been working in spite of being owed over N1.5 billion outstanding funds.

“We have asked him to continue because the work done is not commensurate with the advance payment received.

“We are very optimistic that government will source for funds to complete the project,” the committee chairman said.

He further said that the dualization of the road which started in 2012 was very important, even though its completion date had lapsed and the contractor had asked for an extension of time.

“The ministry will grant an additional two years so that within the period the road will be completed because it is a priority,” he said.

Aliero added that the committee had an adequate provision in the 2020 budget and also funds from the SUKUK bond for the project. (NAN)

– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 14:49 GMT |

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