Plateau threatens to blacklist non-performing contractors

Jos—The Plateau State Government has threatened to blacklist non-performing contractors, saying that it is no longer prepared to tolerate “unserious people”.

Mr Solomon Maren, the state Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, gave the warning while inspecting ongoing projects in Langtang on Monday.

“We are tired of revoking contracts and will soon start collecting a data of non-performing contractors to shut our doors against them,” he said.

Maren warned contractors handling government projects to improve in delivering quality jobs on scheduled time.

He warned that government would not tolerate a situation where some firms frustrate its desire to improve the living standards of the people. “It is either you perform or you are simply blacklisted,” he said.

Maren decried the slow pace of work on the five- kilometer Langtang Road and declared that the job was being delayed.

According to him, this road has taken too much time. I can’t see how a five kilometer road will take you more than two years to finish.

“This administration is determined to deliver the dividends of democracy to its people, so your task as contractors is to assist us to achieve that mandate by delivering a quality job and on time.”

The commissioner said that the slow pace of most of the projects was forcing government to take charge, and promised to make such supervisions regular.

Earlier, Mr Khalil Iyad, the Project Manager, Forest Engineering Ltd., blamed the slow pace of the work on communal clashes experienced in the area.

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