Enugu govt to release N400m World Bank counterpart fund for rural development

 
Tue Apr 16th, 2019 - Enugu
 

By Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU – IN accordance with its infrastructure development agenda in rural areas, the government of Enugu State has promised to release N400million World Bank counterpart fund to increase rural access roads across the state.

The focal person Chief Uche Nnadi made this known yesterday during a 3-day World Bank, French Development Agency and Federal Project Management Unit supervision mission of the projects in Enugu.

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Nnaji also disclosed that another N395million would be release to RAMP for rural access and mobility project in the state soon

“The state government has made N400million world Bank counterpart fund available and will soon release it to RAMP. Another N395million will be release but we are waiting for Exco’s to meet and approve it”, he said.

Speaking after the project monitoring, the National Coordinator, RAMP, Engr. Ubandoma Ularama, commended the contractors for using quality material on the projects.

According to Ularama, “Actually, there are about 115km of road being rehabilitated under Phase 1 of the project, and we visited some roads in two LGAs in the state (Oji River/ Isi-Uzo). I was surprised to see the level of development that is going on there.

“Our road is a laterite road but looks like been asphalted because the contractor are using a very fine laterite that has a good CBR level and one thing I also noticed was that there is a bridge along the road which we recommended that they are too narrow for two vehicles to pass through.

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“The strength is not good enough for trailers carrying 30 tonnes to pass through the bridge and this will bring about quick, wear and tear. We recommend that double cell box culvert could be constructed instead of maintaining the bailey budget”.

Ularama who hailed the state government for their counterpart fund contribution, urged them to do more to increase the pace of the project.

“The state government is not doing badly but they need to do more so that Project Affected Person,PAP, will be compensated in good time, so that the project can commence in earnest and finish on time, because this project is time bound”, he said.

Also speaking the Enugu state coordinator of RAMP Engr. Chinedu Ugwu lamented the delay encounterd on the project, saying that most of the contractors are doing good jobs.

“The contractors are not giving us what we are expecting from them in terms of pace though the supervision consultant made them understand that the pace of work is quite slow especially with the impending rain.

“There are also reservations of some who are not serious. We are still working hard to ensure that they deploy more people to work so that we will be able to achieve delivering date”, Ugwu said.

On quality of work being done, Ugwu said that some contractors are doing a good job but there are some that need improvement.

“What we have found out is that most of these contractors are not used to World Bank jobs, because World Bank jobs entails super supervision. Most of them are used to state projects, in which they can do anything and get away with it, but if you are not abiding by the rules, you will find yourself in a situation where you can do 90% job but your delivery will be less than 40 % and that is exactly what we found out.

“Most of them have actually done job that could have fetched them 90% of what they are supposed to have done. Because of their methodology and their inability to listen to the supervising consultant, you see them doing so much work but nothing to show for it”, Ugwu disclosed.

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source: Vanguard