Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Kidnap: FCTA revoke 5year old road contract

Authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, have revoked the five year old contract for the construction of Kuje-Pegi road handled by M/S.Varellen Construction Company.

The decision followed the recent kidnapping of nine residents along the Pegi-Kuje road where a 12 year old boy and eight others were abducted by gunmen dressed in military camouflage.

Addressing residents of Pegi community, during their recent protest to the FCTA Secretariat at Area11, FCT minister of state, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, said the administration has revoked the contract for the road project.

She said FCTA is in the process of re-awarding the contract to a more competent construction firm that would do a better job within a short time.

“I want to assure you that the road leading to Pegi community is already receiving attention. The contractor abandoned that road and as I speak with you, we have already revoked the contract for that road and it is to be assigned to a competent contractor that will construct a very good road for the community.”

While pleading with the protesters to calm down and give the administration the chance to address the security challenges in the area, the minister revealed that FCTA is not only working towards recovering the kidnapped victims of the community, but also working to arrest the culprits.

Earlier, the chairman of Pegi Residents Association, Taiwo Aderibigbe, frowned at the neglect of the community which has led to worrisome trend of kidnapping in the area.

He regretted that the area with a population of about 13thousand people still lacks critical infrastructure like access road, healthcare facilities, police station among several other infrastructure.

The director of the Satellite Towns Development Department of the FCTA, Engr. Felix Nwanko, told our correspondent that the 14km road project which was awarded in 2014 had since been abandoned by the contractor in 2016

He confirmed that the contract has been revoked, and is currently at the point of determination before it can be process to be awarded to a new contractor.

Engr. Nwanko who said the Administration is doing everything possible to rearward the contract to a more competent firm, pleaded with residents of Pegi to be a little more patient with the Administration for best options which will serve the community better.



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