The Special Adviser on Media to Governor Simon Lalong, Mr. Dan Manjang has lamented that some technocrats in governance are frustrating the work of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry undergoing investigation into the past administration of Jonah David Jang in the State.
He made this revelation to pressmen in an interview with Journalists after witnessing the proceedings on ‘Memo No: JCI/34/34/2016, Ministry of Works and Transport’ with her contractors before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry holding at the Azi Nyako Youth Centre in Jos the Plateau State Capital.
He said documents on some Memos submitted before the Commission by Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) with individuals are not been supplied with the necessary documents to fast track the Commission’s work, describing it as a deliberate act.
According to him, “How can an MDA or individual submits a memo long before now and the valuable documents are not accessible?, Some of these civil servants are bent on consuming the allotted time given to the Commission”. He further said “the team of personnel in this Commission are full of experience people and may have a way of shortening the time, but what is disturbing is some of these delayed encountered in tendering vital documents, I must say are deliberate act.”
The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Works and Transport Mr. Sunday Hyat, standing before the Commission confirmed that about 64 road construction projects were been awarded as contracts by the Ministry of Work and Transport within the Northern Senatorial Zone of the State with some projects being delayed especially the Bukuru-Lowcost, Miango-Gyel roads awarded in 2008 to Qumecx Nigeria Limited at the cost of N1.2 billion and terminated in 2012.
He said the Contract was re-awarded in December 2012 to Jodalson Global Limited at N204 million, later reviewed twice in 2013 and put at the cost of N1.4 billion after some changes in the scope of work for overlays among others which was terminated following a delay and the inability of the Contractor to mobilize manpower in time to the site leaving the work level at 48-49% that leads to the issuance of certificate of violation of contract to the contractor.
The Commission on Monday spent the whole day tracing all road contracts completed, ongoing and abandoned in Northern and Central Zones of the State by various contractors awarded by the Ministry of Works and Transport during the Jonah Jang led administration.
Having faced with challenges of some missing documentation on the Memo, Justice Stephen Adah adjourned the memo to a later date for the continuation of hearing.