By HELEN TARAWA
THE construction of the Northern provincial gym is being put on hold following reports of flaws in the project.
Governor Gary Juffa, who called for the work to be stalled, demanded that the building board conduct a thorough inspection of the K1m project.
He claimed after inspecting the project that he found flaws which had raised questions of credibility of the contractor involved.
“I demand that the building board conduct a thorough inspection to the project to ensure all requirements were complied with in the use of materials and scope,” Juffa said.
“I am not convinced the gym is of a high standard and the scope and materials used are very poor quality.”
“We are custodians of public funds. Ultimately, the buck stops with me. In this instance, I am not satisfied that the contractor has met our requirements.
“The work is of a substandard degree and the materials used are low quality and poor.”
Juffa told The National that the company was selected through the provincial supply and tenders Board process and the job awarded, but they appeared to have ignored quality control. Juffa said the company was now being put on notice and given an opportunity to rectify this situation, and failure to adhere would result in pecuniary actions.
He also inspected several projects with his project management team and Works and expressed satisfaction that most were progressing well and would be assets for the people of Northern.
Juffa said that most provincial services improvement programme-funded projects were stalled at a time due to poor procurement processes in place.
He said since they were rectified, projects were expected to be delivered in a timely manner.
Meanwhile work on the K500,000 craft market and provincial executive council complex were coming along well, he said.
By HELEN TARAWA