The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) has charged construction companies in Cross River State to prioritise safety in road construction.

The Acting Chairman of the commission,  Mr Victor Muruako, said this on Tuesday, April 16 during a tour of capital projects in the state.

He said, “Citizens are entitled to get value for every project of the federal government. The capital budget releases have increased, we also expect that the value of productivity will increase so that citizens can have value.

“For the Alesi-Ugep road, they have been a lot of improvement, but I must tell you that there is a lot to be done. The details will come out in our report.

“I noticed that a lot of the places that require culverts and drainage are not there. I don’t know whether the challenges are from the contractor, especially the drainage system at Ugep that is a big challenge.

“There must be a better way of handling the drainage system in the Ugep market. These are very key challenges. They cannot go on with it that way. It is going to be one of the key issues in our report because the area is a high density place where people live and secondly it is a market.

“You cannot expose people to that kind of risk. We are doing this in the interest of our nation. You have to think about safety first. The way that drainage system is currently done, I don’t think safety is being considered.’’

Responding, the Sermatech contractor, Mr Desmond Ewa, cited low funding from the government as one of the reasons why the company had not fully executed many projects it was tasked with.

He further revealed that the federal government was still owing Sermatech in excess of N3 billion.

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