By Ademu Seidu
The Kogi State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, has attributed the ongoing massive infrastructural development projects across the state to the prudent management of meagre resources available to the State Government.
Fanwo stated this on Wednesday during the joint monitoring of the ongoing massive infrastructural projects in Lokoja metropolis, in the company of Kogi Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Ohere.
The first point of call was the inspection of the ongoing construction of Ganaja over head bridge where the Commissioner commended the contractor for doing a quality job according to the GYB Standard.
He eulogised the governor for his commitment to executing legacy projects across the state that would stand the test of time, adding that while other politicians were campaigning based on politics, the governor would do that through the delivery of legacy projects worth of emulation in terms of quality and standard at the appropriate time.
Speaking, the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engr. Abubakar Ohere, reassured the people of quality delivery of works, stressing that he had made it a point of duty to constantly monitor the projects to ensure strict compliance with the projects’ specifications.
He explained that the pace of work at Ganaja over head bridge project was slowed down due to heavy traffic during the ember months for safety.
He assured that the pace of work is currently on the full scale and the job would be ready for commissioning within the shortest possible time.
Other projects inspected in Lokoja metropolis included: Lokoja Civic Centre, Lokoja Beach Embankment Project at Kpata Market, GYB Model Science Secondary School, Adankolo, Stella Obansajo-Governent House- Kogi Hotel road, Paparanda-Nataco road, among several other internal roads in the confluence city.
Ohere noted that the construction of Lokoja beach embankment project would cover about 4 km stretch along the river bank, adding that on completion, it would enhance the environment and improve the economic activities and transportation (jetties) of the city.
Speaking at the site of the GYB Model Science Secondary School, Adankolo, Fanwo stressed that Education sector remained the topmost priority of the thematic areas of the New Direction Administration under the leadership of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
According to him, a lot of attention have been given to primary and tertiary education, that the edifice being supervised at Adankolo, GYB Model Science. Secondary School is being replicated simultaneously across the three senatorial districts, and more secondary schools would receive attention across the 21 local government areas of the state.
After the inspection, Fanwo commended the commissioner for works and housing for ensuring that quality works were being executed across all the projects.
Fanwo noted that most of the projects were being executed by local contractors, while commending the Governor for the opportunity given to the indigenous contractors and for creating employment opportunities for the citizens.
Speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Contractors, Engr. Friday Idachaba, said the Indigenous contractors would eternally remained grateful to His Excellency for the confidence reposed in them.
Idachaba assured the State Government of their commitment to ensure that only quality job with specified standard would be carried out from the beginning of the projects to the end, to justify the confidence reposed in them.
He noted that no job of this magnitude had ever been awarded to local contractors in the state, promosing that the National Society of Engineers (NSE) would reciprocate the kind gesture at the appropriate time
Idachaba further described the governor as a man of equity, quality, integrity and accountability.