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Plateau Govt decry revenue deficit, blames Covid-19 pandemic – PermSec

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Plateau state government is said to have suffered lack of revenue due to Covid-19 “but it won’t relent in its efforts towards providing infrastructural development.”

The state permanent secretary for Ministry of Works, Engr. Sunday C. Hyat, disclosed this on Wednesday in a meeting with contractors handling various road projects in Plateau state at the ministry’s conference room, at JD Gwomwalk Secretariat, Jos.

Engr. Hyat, who spoke on behalf of the Hon. Commissioner, Pam Bot-Mang (who is unavoidably absent) welcomed all contractors and appreciated Governor Lalong for taken necessary measures to safeguard lives against the Covid-19 pandemic.

He explained that the aim of the meeting was to deliberate on issues, which border around resumption of works, current challenges and the way forward as they affect road projects in the state.

After much deliberation, the permanent secretary commended some construction firms, who performed credibly well, but frowned at those whose performances were below expectations, stating that henceforth, government will not take unnecessary excuses from such contractors.

The following roads were at the front burner of discussion at the meeting; these include, Mararaban Jama’a-British-American Junction, New Government House infrastructure, Old Airport-Yelwa Club Junction, Langkang Dyis Road Project, Dokan Tofa-Ba’ap-Kurgwi Road with spur to Bwall, Demshin-Angwan Dadi-Kalong-Nyak, Shargang-Angwan Rina Road and Longvel-Yelwa-Mato Junction (Section 1), Wase-Mavo-Gimbi Road, and Langtang-Garkawa-Yelwa Road with spur to Lalong Project.

He also disclosed that compensations were paid by the government, and certificates of valuation (CV’s) were paid for, while others are pending, but lamented the delay in payment to third-party by contractors.

Contractors were advised to liaise with Resident Engineers with a view to processing RETC for payment by relevant authority.

Present at the meeting were representatives of PW – Nigeria Ltd, Mould Nigeria, EEC, Rick Rock Construction and RETRO Construction.

The contractors are expected to return to their respective project sites and complete outstanding works as a matter of urgency.

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