By Ajuwa Victor,Asaba
The Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has cautioned contractors handling school projects in the state to be up and doing as the state government will not tolerate unnecessary delays in the completion of projects.
The commissioner gave this warning at Emore Grammar School, Oleh, Isoko South local government area, when he led officials of the ministry to inspect a block of 24 class rooms, laboratories and offices, among others, built by the state government.
After inspecting and seeing over 100 students in each classroom in the school, Chief Ukah expressed dissatisfaction with the slow pace of the completion of the new project, adding that after three visits to the school, no significant progress had been made by the contractor.
He instructed relevant officials of the ministry to do a valuation of the extent of work done to enable the state government take a decision on the project.
The commissioner said that he would do everything possible to ensure that outstanding works on the project were concluded within weeks, so that the students could continue with their academic activities in a very conducive environment.
Chief Ukah warned other contractors handling school projects in the state to strictly abide by the terms of the contracts or risk the revocation of such contracts.
The commissioner said that the state government would not treat defaulting contractors with kid’s gloves, stressing that henceforth, punitive actions would be taken against such contractors.
The principal of the school, Mr Lawrence Efidhere, represented by a teacher, Mr Ezekiel Oki, conducted the commissioner and his team round the school.