By Mumini Abdulkareem
Indigenous Contractors and Suppliers in All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwara State chapter weekend dissociated members of the association from the shoddy jobs by some contractors handling government projects across the state.
This was the thrust of their briefing at a news conference held in Ilorin to address concerns over report that contractors handling some of the projects have poorly executed the jobs.
The president of the association, Alhaji Moshood Aigoro, in his speech revealed that the association with 25,000 members handled only two projects located at Esie and Edidi in Kwara South across the state and none fell short of the required standard.
According to him, the crop of engineers and suppliers required to deliver quality jobs are in abundance in Kwara state and therefore appealed to the state government to increase patronage for indigenous contractors as this would translate into economic empowerment for Kwarans.
While lamenting the implication of substandard and poorly delivered projects to the state government and the citizens, Aigoro reiterated that a Kwara based contractor who lives among Kwarans will not deliver substandard job for the people
He therefore restated the association support for Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and urged party leaders and elders to sheath their swords and unite for the benefit of the party and the state in general
‘We have 25,250 people who are registered members of the association. If we don’t mean well for the government, we won’t remain together since the formation of the association last year.
“We have done many things in honour of the Governor. We will never be involved in shoddy jobs. If you give job to anyone among our members who are residents in Kwara state, such a person will want to continue to enjoy patronage and therefore, not get involved in shoddy jobs. Doing that will get them blacklisted and no contractor will want that to happen them.
“Patronizing a Kwara based contractor will translate into economic empowerment for the people and we are ready to finance and executive any contract given to any of our members and get paid after the government is satisfied of our delivery because we are competent and understand that we should be partners in progress as the government strives to develop that state”, he submitted.
AIgoro said divisions in the party can distract the governor from delivering on his campaign promises.
‘We must ensure unity in the party to allow our dear governor deliver on his campaign promises. Everybody must come together to ensure unity reigns and we, Kwara Indigenous Contractors have always supported the governor. We thanked the governor for giving construction jobs to two among our members and urged him to ignore anyone who come to paint me (Aigoro) or any other leaders of the association in a bad light as such people may be doing that mischievously.
Also speaking, Alhaji Yusuf Adebayo Ahmed appealed to the state government to patronize the indigenous contractors promising that the governor will never regret taking such step.
Vice President of the association, Alhaja Bola Geri-Alimi, Kwara North Coordinator, Chief Nda Halilu, Kwara South Coordinator, Pastor Aranloye Oluwafemi and retired Director of Project, Federal Ministry of Education, Engr. Abdulganiyu in separate submissions pledged to continue to support the Governor while urging him to ensure that indigenous contractors enjoy patronage.