Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State at the weekend berated two contractors handling waste disposal in Calabar South Local Government Area for failing in their responsibility.
The governor spoke after the expiration of the three-day ultimatum he gave them to either perform or be sacked.
Addressing reporters at one of the refuse dumps on Afokang Street, the governor ordered that the contract for the evacuation of waste be split into smaller units, noting that the decision was prompted by the contractors’ alleged incompetence and lack of capacity to perform efficiently.
He said: “The two contractors handling the evacuation of refuse in this area are unable to deliver; they do not have the capacity to perform. It is clear that the work is beyond their scope. The only alternative is to split it into smaller units so that they will meet the scope it takes to keep the town clean”.
Ayade described the attitude of the contractors as unacceptable.
He said: “For two contractors to handle this huge work with 18 trucks is not acceptable. All this must be brought to an end today”.
The governor also urged the chairman of Calabar South Local Government Area, Mrs. Marjorie Asuquo, who accompanied him during the inspection, to find young businessmen from the area to handle the work.
Ayade said: “I cannot understand why the city is full of dirts while the governor’s route is always cleared. This cannot continue”.