The contractor has only completed 67 percent of the road works after laying the final layer of the tarmac on the five roads. The company is yet to construct drainage channels leading to most business premises, pedestrian walkways, street lighting and beautification.
Abubakar Technical services, a company contracted to undertake construction works for major roads in Hoima Municipality has failed to beat the agreed deadline for the second time.
The company was expected to tarmac five roads, construct walk ways, drainage channels and relocate utilities that include electric poles and water lines under the Uganda support to Municipal Infrastructure Development –USMID, a World Bank funded project that seeks to enhance infrastructural developments in 14 municipalities.
The roads earmarked for rehabilitation include Wright, Kwebiiha, Bujumbura, Bunyoro Kitara and Republic roads. However, the contractor has only completed 67 percent of the road works after laying the final layer of the tarmac on the five roads. The company is yet to construct drainage channels leading to most business premises, pedestrian walkways, street lighting and beautification.
Godfrey Kyeyune, the Site Engineer says they were derailed by delayed financial releases and more work that was not in the contract and the Bill of Quantities. He cited the construction of the perimeter wall to enclose the newly renovated Hoima Municipal office block. He is optimistic that the remaining task will be done within three weeks.
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Abubakar Technical Services was contracted to construct the five roads at a cost of 18 Billion Shillings. The work which started in December last year was expected to be completed in July this year. The company has now been given up to November 30, 2018, to complete the works after failing on the September 30 deadline.
Hoima Municipal Deputy Town Clerk Daniel Kaseregenye has cautioned that the company will be fined with liquidated damages if they fail to beat the deadline again.