Julius Berger frustrating Akwa Ibom road construction projects — Commissioner
Delay in payment is responsible for the slow pace of work Julius Berger.
The Akwa Ibom State government has alleged that the slow pace of execution of road contracts by construction giant, Julius Berger is frustrating the speedy completion of critical road project contracts in the state.
The state commissioner for works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen,made the remark, yesterday, while fielding questions from journalists after undertaking an inspecting tour of construction sites along Etinan-Ndoneyo and Etinan-Eket road projects.
A road under construction
Inyang-Eyen, who commended the cordial business relationship between the state government and other construction companies operating in the state, lamented that Julius Berger has demonstrated lack of seriousness in executing terms of contracts awarded to them which is frustrating the effort of government.
He said Governor Udom Emmanuel is determined to see the timely completion of construction work on Uyo-Ikot Ekpene and Uyo-Etinan roads.
He warned that the government will no longer tolerate the slow pace of works by the company.
According to the works commissioner, “We hope to pressurize Julius Berger, to increase their speed. They seem to be the only company drawing the state backwards in the area of road construction.
“In the days ahead, I will speak out if they refuse to speed up the construction of the Uyo-Ikot Ekpene and Uyo-Etinan road projects. I will make a public statement.”
Responding, a top management staff, projects of Julius Berger, who preferred anonymity told Vanguard that the company (Julius Berger) is willing to work for the state government but delay in payment is responsible for the slow pace of work.
“Once the 2018 budget is passed and funds are made available we will commence massive work on sites,” he said.