Asaba Airport Contract: ULO Disgraced as Lawmakers Storm Project Site

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DTHA House Committee on Works on an Inspection at Asaba Airport
DTHA House Committee on Works on an Inspection at Asaba Airport

The Chairman of the Delta State House of Assembly House Committee on Works Hon. Chief Evance Ochuko Ivwurie has expressed his disappointment with the Contractor handling the Asaba International Airport project, ULO Consultant Limited for the hardship and embarrassment foisted on Deltans.

Speaking after he led the House Committee on Works on an on the spot assessment of the contract, Ivwurie remarked, “I am extremely disappointed that this contractor is obstinately recalcitrant and the conduct has put Deltans and the State Government in difficulty, their non-performance has caused the State Government untold embarrassment, setbacks and public opprobrium”.

Hon. Ivwurie was miffed at the absence of the contractor at the Project site despite the notice earlier sent by the committee. Ivwurie further decried the nonchalance and lack of professionalism on the part of the contractor all to the detriment of Deltans and the State Government.

Recalling the session of the Delta State 2018 budget proposal defense by the Ministry of Works, the House Committee on Works as part of its oversight function had summoned the contractor, handling the Asaba International Airport. The Summon was spurned as the Chairman and Managing Director of ULO Consultant Limited, Chief Uche Okpuno failed to honour the Committee with his presence and instead sent two of his staff who were clueless and of no assistance to the Committee.

Hon. Ivwurie used this opportunity to emphasize the commitment of the State Government to the goal of achieving quality, standard and effective service delivery especially for the Asaba airport infrastructure. Ivwurie lauded the Governor Okowa for providing adequate funding for the Ministry of Works despite the biting economic recession.

In his words, “There is no gain saying that this administration is pro-people and pro-development, but this contractor and a few other contractors have carried on to the detriment of the State Government by undermining the State Government, by their absence and disregard for the Committee.

On-going Construction of Asaba Airport
On-going Construction of Asaba Airport

“Good road network and airport are an integral part of good governance and key to economic growth. It is for these reasons that we decided to carry out this critical oversight function which this Contractor ULO Consultant Ltd have disregarded.”

“The State Government is committed to the early completion of Asaba Airport and has no reason in the world to abandon the project which will greatly benefit Deltans”

The assessment, inspection and evaluation visit led by the Chairman, Hon. Chief Evance Ochuko Ivwurie included the Vice Chairman Hon. Engr. Oboro Preyor, Hon. Engr. Emeka Nwaobi, Hon. Barr. Daniel Mayuku, Hon. Olorogun Denis Omovie, Hon. Anthony Elekeokwuri, Hon. Kennedy Daubry and Hon. Efe Ofobruku

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