Soludo sacks road contractor, seeks refund

The Anambra State governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, has terminated a road contract awarded somewhere in Aguata Local Government Area, over alleged incompetence of the contractor.

A trending video which did not reveal the name of the company handling the contract and the name of the road project, showed that the governor terminated the project during his unscheduled visit to the site last Sunday.

His comments in the video also indicated that it could be a federal highway, leading from Isuofia, Soludo’s community to Ekwulobia town, both in Aguata Local Government Area.

Soludo in the video told the project manager “Just take off all these things (equipment) because this contract has been terminated. I just called the commissioner for works and I have told him that this contract has been terminated. See what you are doing.

“I have terminated the contract, and you are supposed to return the money you were paid. Useless company! We gave you this contract on the basis that you are an indigenous company, but see what you are doing. This is what we see. You blocked the entire highway, and nobody can pass by. Now, I am going to my hometown, how do I go? This is a federal highway.

“For months, you blocked the road, even for people to pass through the other highway, you blocked the road. This job was supposed to have been finished in October, and that was the contract you were given. Other companies that were given the same contracts like you have all delivered.”

When the contractor tried to explain how flooding was contributing to delay in the construction, the governor interjected, “There are other very difficult terrain, and the contractors have delivered. I have terminated the contract and there is nothing you can tell me about it.

“Take off all you equipment from these place and move out because another person is coming to take over the job. If you continue, it is at your own risk because we are not paying you a dime, instead, we are asking for a refund.”