Reps urges Federal Government to Re-award Contract for Construction of Panyam-Bokkos-Wamba Road, Plateau State
The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to Re-award Contract for Construction of Federal Panyam-Bokkos-WamIba Road, in Plateau State.
This followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Rep Solomon Bulus Maren at plenary.
Leading the debate the lawmaker noted that the contract for the construction of Panyam –Bokkos-Wamba road awarded by the Federal Government in April, 2017 to State Company Nigeria Ltd and when completed, would link the North East through Plateau State to Nasarawa and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as help boost economic and agricultural activities within the area. He added that the road was segmented into three phases, namely 1, 2 and 3 respectively and the contractor handling phase one (1) which is Payam-Bokkos-Daffo axis performed dismally, which made the Federal Government to revoke the contract in November, 2013.
According to Rep. Maren following the revocation of the contract, the contractor went to court challenging the decision of Federal Government to revoke the contract but the matter was settled out of court in August 2018.
The Plateau parliamentarian further informed the house that the budgetary provision for the road has been grossly inadequate for the contractor to mobilize to site, especially as it relates to Wamba-Wanze road which is phase 3 of the project. He however expressed concern that despite the importance of the road to Nigeria’s economy and in aiding transportation, the project has been abandoned for over six years since it was revoked and the road has now become a death trap for motorists due to potholes from erosion that has been ravaging the road. Rep Maren also said he was worried that if the contract is not re-awarded for work to resume, more lives will continue to be lost due to potholes formed as a result of excavation work earlier started on the road and may continue to slow down development in the area. Unanimously adopting the motion the resolved that the Federal Government include the construction of Panyam-Bokkos – Wamba Road in the 2021 budget estimates and re-award the contact to a competent company. The Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila who presided over plenary thereafter referred it to
the house Committee on Works to ensure compliance.
12th February, 2020