OrderPaperToday – German construction giant, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has noted the role of legislative oversight on projects executed and hailed its general performance in the last year of operations.
A statement from the company emanating from its 51st Annual General Meeting in Abuja last week, acknowledged that the National Assembly has “oversight functions over the prudent and successful execution of capital projects in the country.”
The statement said further: “Oversight is how the legislative body monitors, scrutinizes, reviews and evaluates the performance of the executive arm of government or its agencies continuously to ensure effectiveness, efficiency and good performance.
“Some of such capital projects include the three top priority projects of the Federal Government duly awarded to Julius Berger, i.e. the 2nd Niger Bridge, Abuja-Kano road and Lagos-Shagamu expressway projects.
“At the start of 2020, the House of Representatives resolved to investigate the slow pace of rehabilitation and expansion works on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road and the Second Niger Bridge. Those to be investigated were: The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Julius Berger and other contractors engaged in the projects.
“The House subsequently mandated its Committee of Works to “determine if the contractors have the capacity to deliver the contracts awarded as scheduled.” Also, “investigate the level of work done on Lagos-Shagamu Expressway, Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway and 2nd Niger Bridge in order to determine if the amount disbursed so far has a commensurate value with the job done till date.” The Committee was to report back to the House within four weeks.”
On a recent oversight visit carried out by the House of Representative Committee on Works on road projects in Lagos and Southwest, the statement said members of the legislature “lauded Julius Berger Nigeria for “the excellent work” being executed by the Company on the Lagos-Shagamu Expressway.”
The quoted the Company’s Chairman Mutiu Sunmonu, as celebrating the “increasingly successful and enviable value-addition competence and history that has become the defining operational emblem and unrelenting trajectory pace-setting Julius Berger brand in Nigeria,” stating how the company “productively, positively, and progressively impact on lives and communities all across Nigeria.”
Similarly, the Managing Director of Julius Berger, Engr. Dr Lars Richter, described how the company has over the years “successfully adapted to new ways of working and meeting” and shared an overview of Julius Berger’s “overarching business strategy, which, he said, pivoted on targets for each pillar, namely, the company’s core construction business, subsidiaries and diversification.”
The MD listed several projects by the company, including the New Technology Building in Abuja, Okpai Power Plant, Phase 2, in Delta State; eleven Rehabilitated Roads in Rivers State, and the Rebisi Flyover in Port Harcourt.”