Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Tuesday lambasted the contractors handling the construction of the new judiciary complex on Kobape Road in Abeokuta.
Recall that the judiciary complex was one of the projects President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned on May 25 in the twilight of the administration of immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
At the commissioning of the Judicial Complex, Buhari had described the project as first class and in tune with international standard.
But when Governor Abiodun visited the site of the complex on Tuesday, he expressed deep disappointment at the level of work done, describing the quality and design as “flawed.”
His words: “In my opinion, I think that the design itself has some flaws, not so sure about the quality of finishing I am seeing, but again, I feel that once we sit down with the contractors, both the civil and the contractors handling the fixtures, we should be able to work something out, there might be some design changes around here.
“As you can see, there are some pipes exposed , they look like designs from the sixties, you can also see rain water gathering on the floor, the receptionist cannot seat down there when it is raining even in the sun, we need to do some design changes.”
As he was conducted round the premises, Abiodun wondered why it was yet to be completed and delivered despite the fact that the Amosun administration had fully paid the contractors.
“But this job was fully paid for by the previous administration?,he asked rhetorically.
He immediately summoned the contractors, Menterota Limited to see him immediately to justify why there was a delay in fully delivering the complex and “why you are asking for variation after being fully paid.”
He said he was prompted to visit the complex because the state judiciary was set to host a National Judicial Conference at the venue in September when the judiciary would return from vacation.
The State Chief Judge(CJ), Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu lauded the governor for having the comfort of the judiciary at heart, saying that the gesture of the governor to see the timely completion of the complex in readiness for a conference coming up in September would be repaid with the cooperation of the state judiciary.
The governor was accompanied on the project inspection by the Secretary to the State Government(SSG), Mr Tokunbo Talabi and other officials of the state.