The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Tuesday said he was disappointed at the quality and pace of work at the uncompleted Judiciary Complex in Abeokuta, the State capital.
The multi-billion naira complex was among the “legacy projects” embarked on by the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
President Mohammadu Buhari during a visit to the State in May commissioned the complex.
Governor Abiodun who visited the site of the complex, said he was disappointed at the way the project way being handled by the contractors.
He said despite the claims by Amosun that he had fully paid contractors for the complex, it had not been delivered as promised.
The Governor who was conducted round the complex, said he was not satisfied with what he saw on ground and immediately summoned the contractors, Menterota Limited to see him to justify why they delayed in delivering the complex wholly and “why you (contractors) are asking for variation after being fully paid”.
Governor Abiodun who described the quality and design as “flawed”, queried, “but this job was fully paid for by the previous administration?”
Abiodun said he could not understand why a project that was supposedly fully paid for, was yet to be completed and delivered.
The Governor was accompanied on the project inspection by the State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi and other State officials.
Abiodun who said he was prompted to visit the complex as the State Judiciary was set to host a National Judicial Conference at the venue in September.
According the Governor, it would take a lot of efforts for the place to be ready for use.
On his assessment of the project, the Governor said the design had some flaws and the quality of finishing done was not impressive, adding that he would seat down with the contractors handling the project and look at some of the flaws noticed.
“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”, Abiodun said.
The Governor added, “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,” he said.
Abiodun said the objective of his visit was to ensure that the complex was fully ready when the Judiciary resumes and begin to prepare for their conference in September.
The State Chief Judge commanded the gesture of the Governor towards ensuring that the complex is ready for use for the upcoming National Judicial Conference in September.