… Warns Recalcitrant Contractors Against Delay…
The Lagos State Government, on Friday, restated its commitment to the completion of the Housing Scheme 1 at Sangotedo in Eti-Osa Local Government by November 2021, just as recalcitrant contractors were warned against delay.
Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who made the promise during an inspection visit to the site, said the completion of the massive housing scheme, which comprised of 1,188 flats in two phases, is one of its goals for the transformation of the housing sector.
He pointed out that the first phase comprising of 744 homes made up of 62 blocks will be perfected and added to the housing stock of the State by November 2021, while the second phase of 444 homes will be completed by year 2022.
The Governor noted that the purpose of the inspection was to obtain firsthand information on the project and assess its readiness for delivery to the people.
Commending some of the contractors who had worked tirelessly in order to meet up with the timeline of the State Government, Sanwo-Olu declared that such organisations have proved their worth in spite of the difficulties faced and are to be regarded as friends of the State saying, “They will always be considered for future engagements by the State Government”.
He also warned the contractors who had received funds from the State Government without corresponding progress on their assigned projects.
“The State Government will no longer condone the lackadaisical attitude of some contractors who collected taxpayers fund without meeting up with the terms of agreement of their contracts”, the Governor stated.
He revealed that the unethical behaviour of the few organisations cause delay in completion of schemes, stressing that such contractors will be given one week to bring their tasks, particularly the internal finishing of the building, to the appropriate level or have their contracts terminated.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that such erring contractors will also be blacklisted and prosecuted by the State Government, listing the affected contractors as Messrs Alia, Hinvier, Timfat, Neesam, Oakstel Global, Bal Builders and Participants.
He said their assigned projects are to be assessed a week from Friday either for revalidation or termination of their contracts.
Also present at the inspection were some members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai; Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello; Special Adviser to the State Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka and Special Adviser to the Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye.
Others are the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing, Mr. Wasiu Akewusola and General Manager, Lagos Mortgage Board. Mr. Bayowa Foresythe, among others.