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FG ultimatum to contractors: Expedite Benin-Lokoja Road rehab or risk termination 

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Ministry of Works

The Federal Government has given a firm directive to all contractors responsible for the Benin-Ekpoma-Auchi-Okpella-Okene-Lokoja road, ordering them to quickly start intensive rehabilitation work on the road or risk having their contracts cancelled.  

This order was delivered by the Honorable Minister of Works, David Umahi, during his inspection tour of the project sites in Edo State on Saturday, as mentioned in a statement on the ministry’s website.  

The Honorable Minister revealed that the Federal Government under President Bola Tinubu has allocated funds to the contractors for these federal projects.

He cautioned that contractors who do not fully mobilize and initiate immediate, rapid rehabilitation work on the projects will face contract termination and blacklisting. 

The statement also noted that Umahi, following his meeting with Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, voiced his displeasure at the contractors’ sluggish response in mobilizing to the site and initiating the rehabilitation work, particularly given the President’s swift allocation of funds for these projects. 

Regarding the recent protest by residents along the Jattu section of the Benin-Auchi highway, which obstructed traffic, the Honorable Minister mentioned that his discussion with the Governor focused on devising significant actions to address the challenges hindering the work’s progress in that area. 

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