By Omonigho Okotie
Dr. Wilfred Latimore Oghenesivbe, Esq, the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Orientation and Communications, unveiled compelling insights into the advantages of engaging foreign contractors over indigenous contractors during the recent flag-off construction project of 78 billion naira, presided over by His Excellency, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori on Monday, 27th November 2023.
In a radio address on Crown 94.7 FM, Dr. Oghenesivbe communicated the multifaceted gains of collaborating with foreign contractors, effectively dispelling misconceptions surrounding the allocated 78 billion naira lump sum. Stressing that only 25% of the contract amount had been disbursed dispelled speculations of a lump sum payment circulating throughout Delta State.
Furthermore, he underscored the role of indigenous contractors, assuring that they remain pivotal and will continue to be engaged in projects that align with their expertise and capabilities.
Emphasizing the necessity of specialized expertise and sophisticated machinery for certain projects, Dr. Oghenesivbe reiterated the government’s commitment to ensuring optimal management, financial discipline, and quality delivery—a core tenet embodied by foreign contractors.
Dr. Latimore debunked the notion that indigenous contractors must settle the government or its agencies from the bid sum allocated to the contract, asserting that any such actions would not be condoned. He emphasized the government’s stance against corruption, highlighting the aspiration for enduring, high-quality projects that transcend the current administration.
He further emphasized the government’s commitment to fostering projects that stand the test of time, stressing the importance of using taxpayers’ money to ensure the delivery of exceptional and long-lasting infrastructure.
“His deep confidence in the competence of foreign contractors, specifically mentioning Julius Berger, underscored his assurance in the delivery of superior, uncompromised work”.
Dr. Oghenesivbe’s refined address adeptly showcases the administration’s strategic vision, illuminating the nuanced considerations underpinning the state’s infrastructure development and investment choices. His insightful remarks reflect the government’s unwavering dedication to fostering enduring and high-quality projects for the state’s long-term benefit.