On Friday, Minister of Works David Umahi threatened to revoke the multibillion-naira project to rehabilitate the Benin-Sapele-Ologbo road if the contractors, Levant Construction Company, did not fulfill the work’s specifications and scope.

This was shown in a video clip that Mr. Orji Uchenna Orji, Special Adviser to the Minister of Works on Media and Publicity, provided to ZINGTIE on Saturday.

The minister gave a directive to the Ministry’s supervisory engineers to send a warning letter to the corporation on Monday, March 11, 2024, expressing displeasure with the job performed by the contractors.

He further stated that he would personally end the contract if, after 14 days, the company did not perform up to par.

While on an inspection trip of federal highways in Edo State, Umahi claimed that contractors in the nation were playing political games with Nigerians, and he issued a warning that he would not stand for such behavior while in charge of the project.

He said, “By Monday, give them a warning letter to start permanent work and if by Monday they didn’t start, give 14 days’ notice of termination.

“We paid multi-billion Naira for this job and we have seen that a lot of contractors in this country are just playing politics with us and we have emphasised this on several occasions.

“We will pay mobilisation fee to a contractor, we will never pay variation on price for that amount we have paid and that is the problem with Levant. After 14 days of notice of termination, if they don’t adhere to the terms of the contract, I will come and terminate the job myself.

“You cannot do this kind of job in your country, it can only happen in Africa. You can’t collect our money and be misbehaving like this. It is a big shame, look at how people are suffering everywhere and we should be happy clapping for you.

“I have had more than 10 meetings with them on this job. If anything goes wrong they will call the President,” he added.

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