The Adamawa state government has said that the construction of a sixty bed capacity cottage hospital in Gombi local government is near completion.
The state commissioner for information and strategy, Dr. Umar Garba P who debunked reports that the construction has been halted said the claims were unfounded and an attempt to malign the state government.
Garba while fielding questions from journalists at the construction site said the project is about 80% completion and would be commissioned within the stipulated time.
According to him “The project is in tandem with specifications as contained in the contract award, we have talked with our consultant on all the projects and the report from the consultant and what we can see on ground is positive as far as the progress and quality of the work is concerned.”
The commissioner said, “what informed the insinuation that the project was abandoned might not be unconnected with the court order with regard to issues of compensation of the land owners which the government is trying to sort out.”
The site engineer Arch, Kwaji Drambi Kwabe said the project started last year and has reached ninety per cent completion in just eight months adding that they hope to complete the job in the next two months. “Actually what remains are finishing touches and fencing.
“As you can all see the project has been carried out successfully without any hitches from government or contractor.
What we are waiting for is fencing design from the contractor,” he said.
He added that work has never stopped since the commencement of the project as they have received one hundred and eighty million naira out of the contract sum and hope to finish the project by the end of this year.
The Adamawa state government had last year awarded contracts for the construction of 60-bed cottage hospitals to be constructed in Gombi, Lamurde, Shellegn and Girei local government areas.