By Nick Chibunna
Contractors handling government projects in Imo State have been asked to abide by laid-down standards or face sanctions.
Gov Emeka Ihedioha of the state gave he directives at the foundation laying ceremony of the reconstruction of Ahiara Technical College at Ahiara, in the Ahiazu Local Government Area of Imo State.
The governor also directed communities where government projects were sited to report any poor job done by any contractor to government through the state Bureau for project monitoring.
Chief Ihedioha said that all the four technical and vocational colleges in the state would be up graded to accepted standard that would guarantee quality education and training.
He said that the aim was to empower the youths with required technical skills.
Governor Ihedioha said that technical and vocational education in recent times has become necessary to ensure a better living standard for all.
According to him, in his days as a Federal legislator, he had made case or the upgrading of technical and vocational institutions in the country.
The governor, therefore, warned all contractors handing government project to sit up, adding that his rebuild Imo agenda would not take it lightly with non-performing contractors.
Also speaking at the event, the state commissioner for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, who is an indigene of the area, stressed the importance of technical and vocational education, adding that the people were commending the governor of his visionary ideas.
While thanking the governor also, the Interim Management Committee (IMC) chairman of Ahiazu Mbaise Council Area, Hon. Ahiarakwe Samuel, said that the people were delighted for the sitting of the project in their area.
He used the occasion to draw the attention of the governor to the deplorable state of roads in the area and pleaded with the governor to come to their rescue, as it would boost economic activities.