|MINNA – Mrs Binta Muazu, the Chairman of Presidential Committee on Barracks Rehabilitation (PCBR), has warned that the Federal Government would not pay for poor jobs.
Muazu issued the warning while fielding questions from the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after inspection renovated barracks at the Nigerian Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna, Niger.
She said the committee would consider any job that was not properly executed by contractors as not done at all.
“We cannot pay for any job if it is not properly done or if it is not satisfactorily done to the specification of the PCBR and the end users – the armed forces.
“That is why at every stage of work, a contractor must seek clearance that is accepted before going over to the next stage.
“When I handed over the sites to the contractors, I followed them to site and told them what to do by providing them with the guidelines for the job on how PCBR jobs are done.
“This is done to ensure that funds are not wasted’’, said the chairman.
She, however, said that some of the contractors had executed their jobs according to specifications and those cleared would be paid.
Muazu said that contractors whose jobs still had some minor changes would be given few days to effect the changes before accepting them and taking over the property upon completion.
She explained that the rehabilitation of the barracks was part of the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
This, she said, was part of his efforts to improve the welfare of the personnel of the armed forces and to conform with international standard.
She, therefore, advised the contractors to live up to expectations, adding that the renovation of the barracks was a good step in the right direction.
“For us as professionals, nothing is better than doing what you are supposed to do’’, the chairman said.
Mauzu emphasised the need for trees to be planted in barracks to prevent wind storm from destroying the houses.
According to her, it was a good thing to encourage people living in the barracks to plant trees in them to protect the buildings.
The team inspected projects in Jaji, Kaduna state, and Minna, Niger.
At Jaji, eight Corporal and Below Quarters (CBQ) of one-bedroom flats each and three Married Officers Quarters (MOQ) type A and six MOQ-3 bedrooms Type B had been renovated.
Also, five Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) Quarters of 2 bedrooms each were at various stages of completion.
At the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base in Kaduna, 10 five-bedroom bungalows, six 3-bedrooms (Happy Valley) were renovated.
Also at the NAF base in Kaduna, seven 3-bedrooms affordable and six rooms with boys’ quarters and garage were renovated.
Six blocks were rehabilitated at TRADOC, Minna, to house 72 families, while six blocks of CBQs to accommodate 12 families were being renovated.
At the NAF base in Minna, the PCBR under the Millennium Development Goals is building a primary school, a clinic and an administrative block.
All the projects at NAF Base in Minna are at various stages of completion. (NAN)