Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos Stae, on Friday, September 17, 2021, warned contractors handling state’s project to deliver or face the music.
Government, he said, will no longer condone the lackadaisical attitude of some contractors who collected taxpayers funds without meeting up with the terms of agreement of their contracts.
Speaking during the inspection tour to the Sangotedo Housing scheme, the governor warned the contractors who had received funds from the State without corresponding progress on their projects.
He admitted that the unethical behaviours of those organisations were the cause of the delay in the completion of the housing schemes.
Sanwo-Olu said such contractors will be given one week to bring their tasks particularly the internal finishing of the building to the appropriate level or have their contracts terminated.
He listed the affected contractors as Messrs.’ Alia, Hinvier, Timfat, Neesam, Oakstel Global, Bal Builders, and Participant. Their projects are to be assessed after a week either for revalidation or termination of their contracts.
The governor, however, commended contractors who had worked tirelessly in tune with the timeline of the state.
He noted that such organisations have proved their worth in spite of the difficulties faced and are to be regarded as friends of the state.
“These ones will always be considered for further meaningful engagement by the State Government”, he promised.
Sanwo-Olu said the completion of the housing scheme which has 1,188 flats in two phases was one of the administration’s goals to transform the state’s housing sector.
He reiterated the commitment of the state to complete the scheme by November.
He pointed out that the first phase comprising 744 homes in 62 blocks will be perfected and added to the housing stock of the state by November while the second phase of 444 homes will be completed by next year.
He noted that the purpose of the inspection was to obtain first-hand information on the state of the project and assess its readiness for delivery to the people.
Also present at the inspection are members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, his Environment counterpart, Mr. Tunji Bello, Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, and her Works counterpart, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye.
Others are the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Housing, Mr. Wasiu Akewusola, and General Manager of Lagos State Mortgage Board Mr. Bayowa Foresythe.