By Bushrah Yusuf-Badmus
Ilorin, May 13, 2022 The Kwara Government has urged the contractor handling Osi and Ilesha-Baruba Satellite Campuses of the Kwara State University (KWASU) to completion the job as scheduled.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Hajia Sidikat Alaya, gave the task during an inspection visit to both sites, alongside the project consultants, contractor and other relevant stakeholders.
Hajia Alaya expressed her displeasure at the slow pace with which the contractor is handling the project at Osi, Ekiti Local Government Area of the state.
The permanent secretary said the ministry would now embark on a regular monitoring and inspection visits to the two sites in order to closely monitor their level of progress.
She commended the Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for making a 60 per cent advance payment to mobilise the contractor back to site.
Hajia Alaya, however, directed the contractor to speed up and ensure quality progress on the project so as to justify the confidence reposed in the construction company.
Similarly, at the Ilesha-Baruba Campus, Hajia Alaya noted with satisfaction some level of appreciable progress and charged the contractor to submit a bi-monthly progress report at regular intervals to the ministry.
The KWASU Director of Works, Mr Wahab Ayinla, urged the contractor to bring the project to reality, considering expectations from the stakeholders.
Ayinla also lauded the governor for prioritising education, and implored the contractor to deliver quality and standard structures on both campuses.
The Project Manager and Lead Consultant, Mr Jimoh Faworaja, said the objective of interfacing with the contractor was to emphasise the need for strict professionalism and ensure the usage of quality construction materials that would stand the test of time.
He explained that the contractor must disclose the source of construction materials used, adding that all construction materials will be tested and certified to be of quality standard before installation and usage.
Faworaja, despite his displeasure with the level of work at Osi campus, assured the permanent secretary that the construction team would double up efforts at ensuring qualitative progress on the project.
Responding, the Director of Project, Unicontinental Construction Company, Mr Tunji Folami, assured that the two projects at Osi and Ilesha-Baruba would be delivered on schedule.