Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the release of N350 million for the completion of the new state secretariat complex in Ilorin.
AbdulRazaq approved the fund after securing a discount of N50 million from the contractors who were being owed N515 million out of the N1.38 billion total contract sums.
The contract was awarded by the administration of former Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Chief Press Secretary to Abdulrazaq Rafiu Ajakaye said: “Governor AbdulRazaq felt a need to urgently complete the project for the use of civil servants, even as he pushed for a heavy discount from the contractors.
“As a result, the governor has approved the release of N350 million with which the contractors will finish the work. They will receive N81 million after the work is satisfactorily done. That would leave them with the (third payment) retention fee of N34 million after six months.”
The statement said the governor is alarmed that some of the state’s civil servants are still in rented accommodation, 52 years after Kwara was created.
Project’s lead consultant Makanjuola Kayode said the four-block secretariat complex will be ready by August 30.
Each of the blocks has 76 office spaces.
Makanjuola hailed the governor for approving prompt completion of the project.