By Abdullahi Suleja
Nasarawa State House of Assembly Committee on Health has summoned 12 contractors handling the construction of the renovation work at the state owned School of Health Technology, Keffi, to appear before it over poor handling of the jobs.
The acting Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Mohammed Okpede (PDP-Doma North) who issued the invitation after the committee inspected the construction of renovation works at the school expressed dissatisfaction with the poor quality of work done by the contractors handling the various projects.
Okpede said the assembly would ensure that the jobs were executed according to specification in order to improve the standard of education as well as the wellbeing of the people of the state for the overall development of the country.
“As you can see, I am here with other members of this committee to assess the level of ongoing work and to see by ourselves the standard of the job with the view of ensuring that good quality work has been done by the contractors in order to complement the state government huge investment in the health sector.
“Our general assessment is that we are not satisfied with the level of the ongoing work.
“You also saw by yourselves, when we went around the ongoing renovation of hostels, lectures and ICT hall, among other construction works.
“The work has been poorly done by the contractors and we are expressing our dissatisfaction with the poor quality of work done by the contractor handling the projects.
“Look at the work, the noggin, the ceiling is pulling down and in general, most of the finishing work is not good and there are some places that were painted without plastering it first.
“We and the entire people of the state need quality work for durability as well as to ensure that students learn in a conducive environment.
“It is in view of this we are summoning the 12 contractors handling the school renovation work to appear before our committee on Monday, 16th May, unfailingly by 10 am at the assembly complex and to come along with the terms of contract agreement and other necessary documents for necessary action on the matter,’’ he said.
According to him, the assembly will not fold its hands watching contractors or anybody sabotaging government efforts in improving the standard of education and assured that the legislature would continue to embark on oversight functions to ensure that the right thing and what is expected is done for the benefit of the people of the state.
Okpede advised the contractors on the need to use quality materials and to avoid sharp practices adding that the committee would be up and doing in order to inspect health facilities across the state, adding that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation.
Besides, the chairman restated the commitment of the assembly to continue to enact laws that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state and called on the public to give them the necessary support to enable them succeed in the task ahead of them.
Earlier, Mr Kassim Tukur, a consultant with the state Ministry of Health who is handling the project, expressed their determination to ensure good quality work.
“As a consultant of this work, my role is to supervise and assess the work. So far, I am satisfied with the ongoing work, but in the ceiling work as you complained, the correction has been made, we are still working and the contractors did not hand over the project and we want to assure you of good quality work”, he said.