To any professional civil engineer, roads construction can be in categories due to the demographic or terrains nature of the area and this can determine the cost implications of the terms of agreement. For example to construct a road from Dogire to Yola across the Chuchi valley which is a distance of about 1 kilometer will be more than a billion Naira due to the difficult terrain nature of the area and what will be used to make the road access able. When comparing to a road from Mayo Belwa to Ganye which is about 30 kilometers long, the later will be less in terms of Monetary value despite sharp differences in kilometers distance.
A certified engineer will tell you that a trunk ‘A’ road with bridges and difficult terrain, culverts and drainage cannot be the same in contract sum amount with a trunk ‘B’ which does not have any bridge to construct, no drainage to make. It is as good to say roads have different specifications for different type and use of the roads. A trip round Yola of road contracts awarded by the Bindow-led administration either it meets the specified standard, sources revealed by Triacta, one of the construction company in the state said: “The contract given to them meet highest grade of pavement, its meet the standard for the high traffic volume roads, the highest grade of pavement for vehicular road in Nigeria is 20cm stone base or very good laterite base, 6cm bituminous binder course or surface dressing and 5cm asphalt wearing on it, which is within the specification of the requirements of a tender/bidder by the state government.”
Comparing the efforts of the then Adamawa State Governor, under Senator Mohammdu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow regime in making sure that all towns and villages in the state are well networked with good township roads. One can only be convinced that Bindow means business to work for the people of Adamawa not minding the bad whistling of his enemies. According to a source, the Army Barracks Road –Mayoinne-Mayobelwa which is a 45.5km road was awarded to PW construction company in 2013 at the total sum of N6,365,729,373.11billion without the Mayoinne bridge, and on the same road, the Mayoinne Bridge was also awarded to the same company same year at an additional cost of N3,277,439,204.01 bringing the total contract sum of the work and the bridge to N9.6 billion. It was given when the dollar exchange rate was N145 to a Dollar and the cost of Diesel is about N100 per liter. Over N3.3 billion was paid to PW Construction Company on the bridge and the road but later abandoned site of work for unknown reasons.
Comparing Army Barracks Road with Kiri/Shelleng road which is having the same standard, the same scope of work having 37.5km run and was awarded to Triacta construction company by the Bindow’s led government at the total cost of N3,287,798,242.78 on 13th August,2016 it is indeed a big kudos to Gov. Bindow ‘s administration despite the economic recession. Dollar is the main purchasing power for procuring equipments and materials to be used in any construction company of standard, therefore dollar is the direct currency in use, at the moment the exchange rate of a dollar is around N400 Naira per a dollar, while diesel is selling at N203 Naira per litre and a bag of cement is sold at the cost of N2,250 per bag.
To get it clearly when you Check out the differences between 9.6 billion Naira and 3.2 billion considering the basic indices that is, the dollar exchange rate, the date the contract was awarded one will realized the Sharp differences in the award of contracts between Bindow’s led government and the previous administrations. Examining another close example justifying Bindow’s administration is the awarding of Atiku Abubakar way, phase 1 on the 20th March, 2006 from Doubeli Bypass to Gimba Junction. The 1.9km dual carriageway was awarded to Julius Berger at the cost of N1, 044,836,040.88 Billion Naira on the 20th march, 2006 when basic prices of materials are considerably cheaper. As at 20th March, 2006 a bag of cement cost N775, diesel per litre was selling N52 and the Dollar exchange rate was less than N100 Naira, indicating that 1 kilometer of the dual carriage way was constructed at cost of N549.9 Million. The 1.5 km phase 2 of the same Atiku Abubakar way which is from Gimba Junction to Police roundabout that will include storm water drainages, as at 26th July, 2016 Governor Bindow awarded the contract to Triacta construction company at the cost of N585, 543,563.93 Million Naira. The present basics construction indices is showing that: A bag of cement at the moment is costing about N2,250 Naira, while a litre of diesel is at the rate ofN203 per litre and the current dollar exchange rate to a Naira is around N400 Naira.By way of analysis one kilometer of the dual carriage way will be constructed at the cost of N390.9 Million Naira.
Checking out the differences between 9.6 billion Naira and N3.2 billion Naira in 2013/2016, with N1.04 billion and N585million in 2006/2016. Putting in the basic indices, the dollar exchange rate, the date the contract was awarded the record will be clear for one to realised that there is a Sharp differences and transparency in the award of contracts by Bindow’s government and the previous administrations .
Let’s look at another close road contract awarded to R&B construction company in 2014 to rehabilitate a 2 KM single carriagewa of Bauchi-zaranda Street at the cost of N988,885,632.52. While the rehabilitation of 6.1KM dual carriageway including 3.5KM of new drainages leading to Justice Buba Ardo-Galadima Aminu way -PZ Roundabout-Jambutu bypass was duelly done at the cost ofN693million by the Bindow’s led administration. Common sense will convince one, Contracts awarded by Gov. Bindow is much cheaper than other previous administrations even when the country’s economy status is in recession (Inflation). This is to bring in our mind that a leader (Bindow) exemplifies integrity, transparency, honesty, and trust, in his willingness to communicate what you’re thinking or feeling, even when it is uncomfortable or unpopular to his enemies provided it will educate the people he was called to serve for.
Having the courage to speak up for the right of people when his point of view is totally at odds with the perspective of people some considers Adamawa elites. According to him at some level, people want to know what they are getting and he bend towards what people exactly wants him to do in Adamawa state. Making sure he earns their trust in all levels.
Tom Garba wrote this