Tinubu urged to revoke N29.8bn Yola-Mubi road contract

An opinion leader in Adamawa state, Alhaji Hamisu Idris Medugu, has decried the slow pace of work on the 194 kilometers Federal Girls Government College Yola to Mubi road awarded to AG Vision Construction Company for rehabilitation.

Medugu, who contested the Adamawa North senatorial seat in the 2023 elections, asked the President Bola Tinubu government to revoke the contract for alleged breach and lack of commitment by the contractor.

In a statement in Yola, Adamawa state capital, yesterday, Medugu noted that the four feet wide road rehabilitation contract was awarded in 2017 by the former President Muhammadu Buhari administration at the cost N21.8 billion with a two-year completion period.

He alleged that five years after, AG Vision hasn’t done up to 30 percent of the work, adding that in 2022 a threat of contract revocation compelled the company to mobilise to site but couldn’t do much, citing the high foreign exchange as reason for the slow pace of work.

He said the road contract was varied on June 22, 2022 to N29.8 billion with a four-month completion period and wondered how Vision would be able to complete it in six months if it couldn’t do so in seven years.

Medugu therefore urged President Tinubu to revoke the contract just as he called on the anti-graft agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to duly prosecute the contractor.

Our correspondent, who traveled from Yola to Mubi, saw AG Vision’s heavy-duty trucks working on the road at a slow pace.

He witnessed the gory experience of traveling from Yola to Mubi, the Adamawa commercial town, as the road is in a bad state.

Our correspondent saw a volunteer, one  Malam Sama’ila, who filled the potholes on the road between Maraban Mubi to Mubi thereby easing the navigation of the road by motorists.

Samaila worried that AG Vision has not done much to help the communities of Adamawa state and the level of work done is below expectation.

A businessman in Mubi, Sani Hamma Fablus, in an interview with our correspondent, lamented that the road was a nightmare to motorists. He said one has to spend several hours to get to his destination.

He lamented that the dilapidated road was hampering businesses and claiming the lives of many Adamawa people daily and appealed for its urgent rehabilitation.

Efforts by our correspondent to get the reaction of AG Vision proved abortive as calls made were either not responded to or simply, “No comment” by an official, who refused to introduce himself.