A case of gross waste of resources?


The Acting Governor of Zamfara, Ibrahim Wakkala, has ordered the demolition of part of the on-going water treatment plant at Talata Mafara over non-adherence to contract specifications. Mr. Wakkala ordered the demolition on Tuesday after an inspection visit to the project site.

The project, which was awarded at N6.7 billion, is expected at its completion, to provide five million gallons of treated water to Talata Mafara, Maradun, Bakura and Maru Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

The acting governor expressed reservation on the competence of the contractor handling the job. Mr. Wakkala also directed that part of the project must be demolished and adjusted to meet the specified standard. He said that engineering consultants handling the projects had raised observations over the contractor’s violation of contract agreement, which made the government to take action to forestall poor job completion.

He said the government would not compromise quality and standard in any job it awarded in line with its principle of transparency and accountability. Mr. Wakkala directed the State Ministry of Water Resources to invite the company for further discussions so as to ensure that every part of the project was done in accordance with the design and contract agreement. Earlier, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Adullahi Abdulkadir, said the project consisted of a five million gallon capacity water treatment plant, laboratory, office complex and a staff canteen.

He said the project was first awarded by the immediate past administration to supply water to Talata Mafara and Maradun LGAs, pointing out that it was reviewed and expanded to cover Maru and Bakura LGAs.

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