By Yemi Adeleye
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday said that it had put measures in place to monitor and assess project performance next year to keep contractors on their toes.
Mr Abiodun Tobun, the Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Works and Infrastructure, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Tobun (APC – Epe I) said that the committee resolved to thoroughly monitor the 2017 allocation to the state ministry of works to ensure efficiency.
He said that the committee had requested for the ministry’s ‘budget monitor’ which would be the guide to monitor allocation and works.
“Payment of unscheduled visits to all capital project sites will be a routine in 2017 to ensure judicious use of tax payers’ money.
“As part of our oversight function, we will check how funds are spent on projects in the ministry of works and infrastructure, public works corporation and facility management.
“We must ensure that funds appropriated for a project is judiciously used.
“Ours is to scrutinise the budget, approve the budget and monitor the budget performance for the good of residents,” he told NAN.
He said that the committee would not tolerate failure or delivery of substandard work from any contractor.
Tobun said that defaulting contractors would be charged to court.
According to him, contractors will be monitored through Advance Performance Guarantee.
The lawmaker said that paucity of funds slowed down efforts of the government in infrastructure development but noted that the government gave priority attention to infrastructure development in the 2017 budget.
“In the 2017 budget of about N813 billion, this government dedicated a higher percentage to capital projects.
“The budget size of about N60 billion will ensure we have rapid and sustained infrastructure management,” he said.
He said that the budget would complete the Abule-Egba and Aja Overhead Bridges, construct Pen Cinema Overhead Bridge as well as complete ongoing construction of some foot bridges.
According to him, the government has also budgeted a huge amount of money to construct another set of 114 inner roads and improve junctions and intersections, as well as create more laybys to address incessant traffic jams.