Rivers State governor Siminalaye Fubara has told the contractor handling the construction of the Convocation Arena of the University of Port Harcourt, to speed up work and deliver in the next 60 days, stressing that the project is dear to the government because of its importance to education and youth development.
He spoke on Monday after paying an unscheduled visit to the project site, which was awarded by the immediate-past administration of former Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
Governor Fubara said: “From what I’m seeing here, the contractor is also assuring that in 60 days he can deliver. We will give him the benefit of the doubt. But I need to say clearly that if in 60 days, I visit this project, I don’t see it completed, it’s not going to be easy for the contractor, that’s the truth.
“But I believe from what I have seen the extent of the job that they are doing, I think they’re a bit serious compared to what we saw about two months ago.
“The reason why this project is important to us is this: It has to do with education and youths. You can’t separate education from the youth and one of the objectives of our projects is the development of the youth and advancement of education.
“So, our coming here is to see it, assess it ourselves, and not only from the reports from the ministry but for me to see it.
“It is not business as usual. I had a meeting with them the other day and I told them that even though this contract is not new that does not mean that you go home and sleep.
“You can see that I’m a very punctual person. If I give you nine o’clock, it will be nine o’clock. So, my word to the contractor today is that you’ve assured me that in 60 days you’re going to deliver. There will be serious consequences if I come here by 60 days from today and this job is not ready.”