By Stephen Adeleye.
Kogi State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, has formally handed over projects’ work at the newly established Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara, for rehabilitation, renovation and supply of materials in preparation for the commencement of academic activities at the institution before the end February 2021.
The ministry’s Commissioner, Hon. Wemi Jones, FCIB, while officially handing over the projects to contractors on Friday in Osara, expressed his excitement while thanking the Almighty God for being part of the history making event.
He acknowledged and appreciated Governor Yahaya Bello for his vision and leadership in initiating the monumental idea of establishing the CUSTECH.
The Commissioner said he was highly impressed by the level of work done at the university site within the few days of commencing the project.
He thanked the consultant for his resilience and hard work in ensuring that the dream and vision of Governor Bello materialise within the shortest possible time.
Jones further congratulated the contractors for being among the few selected ones, saying they got the job based on their track records and antecedents.
He appealed to the contractors to ensure that the projects were completed and delivered within the specified time, saying academic activities would commence on the campus before the end of February 2021.
He, however, emphasised that government would not comprise on the job standard as specified in their award letters, saying everything stated in the letter must be strictly adhered to.
“Our governor believes so much in quality, and that is exactly what we want you to deliver to us.
“We are going to be here to give you all the support you will require to deliver on time, and to give us quality,” Jones said.
Earlier, the Director Project of the Ministry, Mr Moses Ameh, commended the consultant and the contractors for the ongoing work at the site, noting that the contractors were selected following due process.
Also speaking, the Project Consultant, Builder Islameen Etudaiye, said the mandate was to complete the projects in less than one month, saying, ”we have ensured that all contractors are working within the timeline and duration.
“Hopefully we should be able to complete the project within the time frame,” Etudaiye said.
Etudaiye, who is the Managing Director of Techbuildaz Services Ltd, added that there had been no challenge of any kind, saying that was why the government had ensured that reputable contractors were selected to handle the projects.
One of the Contractors, Mr Musa Zakari, who spoke on behalf of other contractors, assured the Commissioner that quality work would be done according to the standard specifications and delivered within the time frame.
Zakari, who is the CEO of Dynamic Centre Limited, noted that the contractors had been working very hard to complete all the projects within the cycle of time given.
“We have been strictly adhering to all the specifications given and we promise to do our best and work hard as much as possible to deliver our best, impress the consultant and please the government,” he said.
Present at the handing over ceremony was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, and all the contractors.