From Uche Uche, Damaturu
Yobe state Governor, Alh. Ibrahim Gaidam has urged the contractor handling the cargo airport project in Damaturu to expedite the work pace in order to meet the deadline according to contractual agreement between the company and the Yobe state government.
The governor made the appeal yesterday when he inspected the project, accompanied by the Speaker, Yobe state house of assembly, Rt. Honourable Adamu Dala Dogo and other members of the house, supervising ministries, members of the executive council, among others.
Speaking after inspecting the progress of work at the site, the governor pointed out that it is his expectation that by February, 2019, the airport would be operational in fulfilment of his 2015 campaign promises to the people, stating that at present, most of the campaign promises has been fulfilled that includes upgrading of Zonal general hospitals with employment of qualified doctors, nurses and midwifery and supply of essential drugs, construction of the 200 bed ultra-modern hospital which now serves as Yobe state university teaching hospital, equipped with modern state of the art medical equipment which has since commenced operation.
Others include provision of water facilities like boreholes, wells, and hand pumps among others, upgraded the schools with new structures, employment of qualified teachers, and construction of estate houses, road projects within and outside the state including the 300 kilometer trans-Sahara road project now completed, among other road projects.
He said his administration has done much to be desired in improving all the sectors of the state economy, and would continue to add more to ensure that the populace get the maximum dividends of democracy before the end of the tenure of his administration in May 2019.
While commending the company handling the project, the supervising ministries of land and housing, and that of works and transport, he called on the contractor to put in more construction equipment and workers so as to take on the other segments of the projects simultaneously instead of taking them one after the other so that he could complete the work in time.
Earlier speaking while conducting the governor around the project, the state commissioner for works and transport, honourable Lawan Shettima Ali, told the governor that the contract was awarded to JM and A’s Enterprises on the 13th of September, 2017, at the total cost of N11.33 billion with a duration period of 15 months.
He also told the governor that the contractor was paid a 30% mobilization fees and it mobilized to site on the 17 of October, 2017 and work on the site at present, which includes, access road now at 20%, Run Way at 50%, Patrol road at 16%, cleared graded area, 88%, geophysical investment and drilling of bore holes at 6.54%, bringing the total percentage of work executed at the project to 18.39%.