Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Nyesom Wike, has urged contractors handling different projects in the FCT to return to site, promising that the government would ensure prompt payments, he said in a meeting Monday.
Many of the contractors handling projects in the city had down tools following the exit of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The minister emphasized that the completion of major roads in Abuja was necessary to achieve a beautiful city.
Assuring the contractors that he was in the FCTA to solve problems, the minister said that completing some of the ongoing projects was part of his short term deliverables.
“The roads are very key. We are trying to see how we can map funding. We are determined to ensure that contractors go back to site,” he added.
Wike noted that he and the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Mariya Mahmud have a proven track record in project monitoring and inspection, warning they would not compromise standards.
While expressing displeasure over uncompleted projects in the city, the minister said, “it does not make sense to award many projects and not finish them”, even as he disclosed that the Administration would not only use Federal allocation to execute projects but tie its projects to revenue generation to ensure their completion.
The minister however, warned that after releasing funds to contractors, the administration will not want to hear any excuses at all (after settlement).
“I am going to attach money to it (projects)…..I hate litering projects everywhere without completion”.
The minister said that another advantage of the contractors working is the generation of employment for the youths.
“We are serious and every contractor will go back to site”.
Among the major targeted deliverables is the completion of the Abuja Light Rail.