The government of Nigeria has approved completion works of the new Secretariat Complex in Ilorin. Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor of Kwara Mr Rafiu Ajakaye, confirmed the reports and said that US $967,000 has been released to spear head the construction works.
The governor approved the payment of the money after securing a discount of US $138,000 from the contractors, who were owed US $1.5m out of the total contract sum of US $3.8m.
The project also came to approval when the governor discovered that some of the state’s civil servants are still in rented apartments despite of the long existence of 52 years of the State.
“Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq felt a need to urgently complete the project for the use of civil servants even as he pushed for heavy discount from the contractors. The contractors will receive the balance after the work is satisfactorily done. That would leave them with the third payment retention fee after six months,” said Mr Rafiu.
The new secretariat complex will comprise of four blocks with each of the blocks having 76 office spaces. According to the CPS, the project needs to be completed as quick as possible for the usability of the civil servants of the state, which is the core reason behind the pushing for discount for the state as well from the contractors.
The presiding consultant for the project, Makanjuola Kayode, assured the populace that the four – block secretariat complex would be completed by August 30, 2019.