The Kogi State Government on Friday awarded the contract for the renovation of the burnt state House of Assembly Complex.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports in Lokoja that the contract was awarded to Josmud Nigeria Company Ltd with an eight-weeks ultimatum to execute the project.
Recall that the assembly complex was gutted by a mysterious fire on Oct 10, 2022 forcing the members of the 7th assembly to complete their sittings at the Speaker’s lodge.
Handing over the contract documents to the company, the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Mr Bako Sampson, said Gov. Yahaya Bello was passionate about its quick completion.
“I wish to put it clear that it’s the desire of our Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, seeing members of the Assembly resume legislative business at the assembly complex upon the completion of their break.
“As beautiful and impressive as the design for the complex renovation is, the governor implored the contractor to ensure quality job, as specified in the contract documents.
“Of course, this administration will not tolerate any form of shoddy job; more so, the works ministry will monitor the work closely and wherever there’s any defect, the job would be stopped, ” the commissioner warned.
Responding, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr Joshua Oluwashegun, commended the present administration under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello for the confidence reposed in his company.
Oluwashegun said, “we are very much aware of the Governor’s taste for solid and quality job, and we won’t do anything the contrary.”
He also assured that the company would deliver the work within the stipulated time of eight weeks.
The Speaker, House of Assembly, Rt Hon Umar Yusuf, expressed delight over the governor’s prompt response to the renovation shortly after interfacing with him.
Yusuf said that the lawmakers were looking forward to the end of the inconveniences being experienced at the Speaker’s Lodge where they carry out legislative functions.
The speaker promised a robust legislation by the members that would enhance good governance and development of the state.
He, however, charged the contractor to expedite action on the work and ensure it is finish at the agreed time.