Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
Following poor maintenance of streetlights in the nation’s capital Abuja, the FCT Administration has warned contractors handling the job to either sit up or have their contracts terminated.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who gave the warning during an emergency meeting with the contractors in, Abuja, was represented at the occasion by the Acting Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Hajiya Safiya Umar.
Malam Bello insisted that the FCT Administration would not condone any further lackadaisical attitude from the contractors as they either perform or face outright termination of their contracts, because it’s no more business as usual.
“All streetlight contractors in the Federal Capital City must brace to the terms of their contractors of illuminating the city especially the major streets or face termination”, he warned.
According to him, the FCT Administration is not in default of payments to the contractors as it has met all its contractual agreement, and therefore expects the contractors to fulfill their own obligation.
“Our payments are up to date and therefore we expect effective service as no street in any part of the city should be in darkness, when there is electricity supply by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company,” he said.
The FCT Administration has written official warning letters to all the contractors to show the seriousness it attaches to the efficient functioning of streetlights in the city.
A meeting was also held with the supervising officers in the Department of Facility Management and Maintenance to warn them of the consequences of not effectively supervising the contractors.
Malam Bello further warned that they must carry out their work with every commitment to supervise thoroughly, to ensure that contractors discharge their responsibilities effectively, in tandem with the agreed terms or have themselves to blame.