It is becoming increasingly clear that attempts by the Cross River State government to push through the commencement of academic activities at the just established state Polytechnic in Ugep may be on hold for a while because work at the permanent site is far from being completed.
When the state governor, Liyel Imoke, visited the site recently, he expressed dissatisfaction with the level of work done by the contractors and further directed that work be pursued vigourously so academic activities can commence. But in what appears to be an inditement of the payment process in place for the contractors, one contractor who does not want his name mentioned told calitown.com that, “the process of payment is slow, even when the money is ready, too many people within the system insist on getting settled and it is affecting our ability to deliver”.
Perhaps too like one indigene submitted, “our people in government should work more and talk less. When the pronouncement was made that academic activities in the institution will commence on October 28, 2013, I knew it was not a feasible date considering that this institution was being built from the scratch. Those who applauded that pronouncement know better than to clap without looking out for the bones in the flesh”.
Meanwhile, Gov. Imoke has written to the Cross River State House of Assembly, seeking approval to draw from the State Reserve Fund, N800 million to be ploughed into the construction of the Polytechnic. It remains to be seen if his request, when it is approved, will speed up the tempo of work at the site.
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