Oyo State Government, on Thursday, said it will not hesitate to revoke unexecuted contracts on renovation and construction projects, under its 2012-2018 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Project from defaulting contractors
The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr. Nureni Adeniran, stated this during a meeting with 22 contractors handling various projects across the state.
According to him, this is in line with the directive from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Abuja.
Adeniran explained that the contracts would be terminated following a breach of contractual terms.
He noted that many of the contracts, including those awarded by the previous administration had been dragging since 2018, adding that this is in contravention of the time frame of the contractual agreement which stipulated two weeks for completion of borehole and maximum of 24 weeks for completion of model schools.
The SUBEB chairman said the board would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions against the defaulting contractors, who have failed to meet project specifications in the execution of UBEC/SUBEB jobs in the state.
He added that the contractors may be invited by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), after the November, 2021 deadline, adding that they also risk being blacklisted by UBEC for further contracts of UBEC/SUBEB nationwide.
“The message here is clear, the job has taken too long; your failure to deliver on the agreed dates is affecting the wellbeing of our children, we will reverse the contract.
“We have issued several warnings, this is about the third time. We need to revoke the contract and give those that will do the job. The guideline is clear and we are not going to compromise,” he said.
The SUBEB boss, who was at the meeting with the management staff of the board, queried the rationale behind the contractors’ refusal to deliver results, despite the mobilisation fee government had given them.
Adeniran noted that, as part of concerted efforts to enforce standards, as well as ensure that there are only appropriate execution of projects, the board in 2019 did not revoke their contracts, despite being issued by the former administration.