Umahi replies contractors threatening litigation to file challenge
Written by Joey Shekwonuzhibo on September 5, 2023
The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has dared contractors threatening litigation over the ministry’s plan to encourage the use of concrete as an alternative to asphalt for road construction.
He also dismissed speculations that he was pursuing this agenda to pave way for his company to take over contracts.
Umahi, who stated this at a briefing in Abuja, challenged those threatening to go to court to go ahead, saying the ministry under his leadership had done nothing outside the provisions of the law.
He reiterates that the ministry had always engaged its contractors in line with the general condition of contracts, which is the standard practice all engineers were expected to abide by.
Umahi reminded all that Clause 51 of the contractual agreement on road construction empowers the ministry to direct a contractor to change from asphalt to concrete layout.