Bauchi State Government had in 2020 flagged off the construction of the 2500 housing units proportionately distributed among the six emirate councils of the state in collaboration with Family Homes Funds at the cost of over N12b.
The Commissioner for Housing and Environment Bauchi State, Hamisu Mu’azu Shira revealed this in an interface with journalists on the outcome of a high-level meeting with contractors held at Government House, Bauchi.
The Commissioner said that should the concerned contractors fail to deliver the project within the stipulated time frame, Bauchi State Government will not hesitate to terminate the contracts and rearward same to competent contractors who can complete the project within the required timeframe.
“Bauchi State Government is worried about the non-completion of some parts of our 2500 housing project in different parts of the state and today we have resolved to issue a two weeks notice to 10 contractors who we identified they are not doing the contract as scheduled.
“We have agreed that, after revocation of the affected contracts, contractors who were found to have performed below the payment made to them, the government will adopt all available means to make sure the contractors refund the excess monies back to the State Government.
“Although all their work has reached 97 to 98 percent stage of completion, that is why we gave them to two weeks time because it is enough time for them to complete, and the good part of it is that we have enough resources to pay for the completion of the project to 100 percent without seeking for any additional fund outside the contractual sum agreed,” he said.
Shira explained that the meeting which was presided over by the Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Barrister Ibrahim Kashim was set out to spot the predicaments hindering the timely execution of the housing projects.
“Already the letters of a notice on this position of the state have been signed by the SGG and dispatched to the affected contractors for immediate action”, the Commissioner said.