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The Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, and some contractors.

Oyo Govt to revoke contracts from 22 defaulting firms.
 
By: Morolake Kolade
Thu, 14 Oct 2021   ||   Nigeria, Oyo State
 

THURSDAY, 14th October, 2021: The Oyo State Government has on Thursday stated that it will not hesitate to revoke all unexecuted contracts under its 2012-2018 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Project from defaulting contractors in the state.

According to a press release made available to CEOAFRICA by the Media Team of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, says this development fall in line with directives from the Universal Basic Education Commission, Abuja.

The Chairman who said this while speaking at a meeting to twenty-two contractors in Ibadan, explained that the contracts would be terminated following a breach of stipulated contract terms.

He added that this was not the first time the decision to revoke the contracts has been made, as the order was given by the former administration in 2019, although the board, as part of concerted efforts to enforce standards, as well as ensure that the projects were executed, did not revoke the said contracts.

Dr. Adeniran added that many of the contracts, including those awarded by the previous administration had not been delivered since 2018. This he added is in breach of the time frame stipulated in the contractual agreement which clearly states two (2) weeks for the completion of the borehole and a maximum of 24 weeks for the completion of Model Schools.

He went on to query the rationale behind the contractors’ refusal to deliver result, despite the mobilization fees given to them by the state government, adding that the state board would not hesitate to appropriately sanction all defaulting contractors, who have failed to meet project specifications in the execution of UBEC/SUBEB jobs in the State.

The SUBEB boss further added that the defaulting contractors may likely answer queries from the Anti-graft body, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, after the November, 2021 deadline.

He said this will put them at the risk of being blacklisted by UBEC for further contracts of UBEC/SUBEB nationwide.

In his words, “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.”

 

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