By David mzer
The Director of civil Engineering, Ministry of Works and transport, Engr. Alexander Shaapera confirmed to the Benue State Government Committee on Contract Review, Verification and Assessment that, Rockbridge Construction Limited, which handled the construction work of Otukpo-Utonkon-Igumale road project collected over 80% of the contract sum and abandoned the project.
Engr. Shaapera Stated this when he prepared before the committee on Tuesday 5th of Jan, 2015.
According to the Director of civil Engineering services, the contract for the construction of the road was awarded to Rockbridge construction company Ltd at the cost of 3.5 billion naira and was abandoned after the contractor was paid a total sum of 2.9billion naira representing 82% of the contract sum.
The committee while condemning the ministry for awarding seven road projects to one contractor to execute within twelve months knowing that the company had no capacity to execute the contract within the period, had promised to invite all affected contractors to appear before it at a later date.
Mr Matthew Otache, the Deputy Director of Commerce told the committee that, Rubbing Minds Consulting Limited Abuja, was engaged by Benue State Government under the former Governor Gabriel Suswam to allocate and sale shops at the Ultra-Modern International Market without involvement of the Ministry of industries, Trade and Investment.
Mr Otache also disclosed to the committee that, the letter of Engagement for the running of the market was signed by the former Commissioner of the Ministry, Mr. Terfa Atoza Hindan, and no staff of the ministry was involved in the Affairs of the market.
When the committee Sought to find out if the funds realized from the sale of the market shops were deposited in Government Account, Mr Matthew Otache told the committee that, there is no envidence of remittances to Government Bank account in respect of the shops.
On the management of Makurdi Modern Market, Mrs. Phoebe Amenger, the Director of administration stated that, BIEMCO was believed to have been commissioned to manage the market without the letter of engagement from the ministry.