The Steering and Technical Committee of the Kogi State NEWMAP, led by the Honourable Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Victor Adewale Omofaiye, and the Kogi State Newmap Amazon, Hon. Barr Ladi Ahmed JATTO, were at the OGANE-AJI & ADUM ROAD GULLY SITES in Dekina & Olamaboro LGAs respectively, yesterday, September 16, 2021 as part of the ongoing Sites’ Assessment Tour.
The team noticed that work was still going on at Ogane-Aji, although it was moving slowly.
Engr. William Tayar, speaking on behalf of the Contracting firm, explained that the apparent slow pace of work is due to the rains, which are currently at their peak, resulting in the selective nature of the entire work process. He promised that as soon as the rains stopped, work would begin in earnest in all of the troubled areas, particularly at the MAIN GULLY HEAD, which is of particular interest.
The team, on the other hand, urged the Contractor to speed up because time was of the importance.
Although it is important to complete the assignment on time, the Project Coordinator, Kogi NEWMAP, Barr. Ladi Ahmed Jatto, also stated that maintaining the highest level of standard and integrity was equally important, as the State Government would not accept any poorly executed job!.
The team traveled from OGANE-AJI to Adum Road, Ogugu Gully Erosion Site.
Although the team was impressed with the Contractor’s quality of work at ADUM ROAD, members expressed their displeasure with the Contractor’s maintenance approach; for example, the team frowned at the Contractor’s failure to remove silted sand from drainage areas, as well as the Contractor’s failure to remove overgrown weeds, which have succeeded in hiding the beauty of the Contractor’s good works.
The Contractor was immediately given an ultimatum of one (1) week within which to evacuate/ desilt all drains, remove silted sand from drainage areas, as well as clear all overgrown weeds, failing which appropriate sanctions would be issued.
Additionally, the Contractor was encouraged to deploy more men to Site in order to fast-track delivery/completion time, as His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello was running out of patience over the slow pace of work at the Site.
Members of the team who had never visited the site were full of appreciation for His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello, as they marveled at the scope of the Project, which aims to improve the lives and livelihoods of community members. They went on to ask His Excellency to replicate such projects in other sections of the state where gully erosion is wreaking havoc.
They equally thanked the Governor for his continued release of funds to the project , considering that nothing could have been achieved by the Project without the sustained support of His Excellency, the environmental friendly Governor