(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – As part of efforts to ensure the delivery of quality rural projects, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, on Monday, inaugurated a technical committee to assess all infrastructural projects in the rural areas of the state under the Rural Access and Mobility Project-2 (RAMP-2).
According to a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh, the move was in line with the governor’s assurance to the World Bank that all Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMP-2) would be completed on or before October 30, 2020, adding that the general objective of the assignment was for the technical committee, chaired by the Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers, Enugu State Branch, Engr. Festus Ozoemena, to assess and evaluate the quality of works being done by the contractors appointed by Enugu RAMP-2, to carry out their civil works which include; the remedial works in lot 3 of phase one road (NeKe-Mbu-Ogbodo Abba-Obollo Etiti Road); the concrete asphalting of selected rural roads grouped into two lots; rehabilitation/construction of second phase of rural roads in Enugu State (270.059km grouped in 6 lots); and the construction/rehabilitation of 21Nos. River Crossing contracts.
Aroh further stated that the specific objectives include but are not limited to: “examine scope of work assigned to the contractors by RAMP-2 and extent of compliance with design and specifications; assess the adequacy or otherwise of the programme of work submitted by the contractors towards completing the assigned works before the RAMP-2 project closing date of October 30, 2020 and thus determine the extent of completion of the various contracts by the contractors; assess and evaluate the competencies of the various contractors with regard to their capabilities in carrying out the contracts awarded to them by RAMP-2, in terms of their mobilization of machines, equipment and personnel needed to effectively complete the jobs on schedule”.
Other specific objectives are to “carry out a quality assessment of the works already done by RAMP-2 with a view to proffer any remedial actions; determine the extent of failure/default of works in all completed and ongoing projects under the RAMP-2; evaluate the effect of erosion and other environmental factors on the ongoing works under RAMP -2; make recommendations to the state government/Enugu RAMP-2 on necessary remedial measures to be put in place to ensure that any deficiencies observed are rectified to ensure project delivery on or before October 30, 2020.”
The information commissioner, who stated that the committee has four (4) weeks to submit its report, expressed the gratitude of Gov. Ugwuanyi “to all host communities for their support and cooperation even as the on-going works continue”.
Other members of the high-powered committee are Sir. Engr. Dr. Victor Chiwuzie FNSE (Secretary), Chairman, Project Investigation and Failure Analysis Committee, Nigeria Society of Engineers, Enugu State; Engr. Emmanuel Icheku,MNSE, Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Nnanyelugo Chidi Aroh MNIM,FIDRPN, AcArb, Honourable Commissioner for Information, Engr. Anyora Okereke MNSE, Chief Engineer, State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure; Engr. Ogugua Emehelu, Special Assistant to the Governor on Works and Engr. S. O. Ugwuodo, Lead Infrastructure Engineer, RAMP Enugu.