Benue Govt drags contractors to EFCC over alleged N16bn failed project

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By Peter Duru

THE Benue State gov-ernment is to drag selected contractors handling road projects in the state to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged N16 billion failed projects awarded by the immediate past administration.

The state Commissioner of Works, Transport and Energy, Mr. Emmanuel Manger made this known yesterday at the Nigeria Union of Journalist, NUJ, Accountability Briefing in Makurdi.

Manger said the state Ministry of Justice was already putting necessary documents together to ensure proper prosecution of the affected firms and contractors by the anti graft agency. The Commissioner said, “the affected firms and contractors are giving us a lot of problems, they have abandoned their sites after collecting huge sums from the last administration.

“The said contractors include the ones handling the 47 kilometres Daudu-Gbajimba road, the 32 kilometrr Vandeikya-Kotiyoug-Adikpo road awarded in 2008.

“Others include the contractor handling the selected 38.20 kilometres Makurdi phase II township roads project valued at N2.3billion.”

He explained that the contract for some of the projects had been terminated as a result of non performance assuring that the state government would do all it could to recover its money from the contractors and firms.

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