Minister Unhappy With Work on Job 600

Alhaji Collins DaudaThe Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, Alhaji Collins Dauda, has expressed doubt over the ability of the contractor working on the Job 600 to complete work by the June deadline.

“I was told that by the end of June this year they will complete the work. I have my doubt, in view of the magnitude of work left,” he said.

Alhaji Dauda expressed the doubt after the consultant on the project, Mr Michael Krakue, the Chairman of ADK Consortium, had stated that the work would be completed by June this year.

Earlier, the consultant had proposed to take the minister to the first and 11th floors for inspection, but the minister insisted on inspecting floors other than those proposed by Mr Krakue.

The inspection of the other floors revealed that not much work had been done on those floors.

The tour revealed that although most of the structural work had been completed, a large portion of the fixtures and fittings was yet to be tackled.

According to the contractor, the clinic, the gymnasium, the auditorium and other fixtures and fittings would be completed when the government provided a counterpart fund of $226 million.

Responding, Alhaji Dauda said Parliament and the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing were yet to arrive at what type of furniture to be used for the offices for the government to determine the amount it would spend on those facilities.

He said after the deadline officials of the ministry would visit the project with experts to check on the quality of work done.

Job 600 was constructed initially to serve as the venue for the 1965 meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (now the African Union).

The project to renovate the edifice into an office complex for parliamentarians started 16 years ago.

However, the new initiative, which is being executed by China State Hualong Construction Company, started two-and-a-half years ago.

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