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Calls for investigation into works delays

Dili Weekly - December 22, 2014

Estevao Nuno – Luta Hamutuk has called for the government to investigate why emergency works projects scheduled for completion within three months are taking up to a year.

Luta Hamutuk director Mericio Akara said the emergency construction of roads, footpaths, drains and parks was supposed to be complete prior to the July Community of Portuguese Language Countries conference.

"The companies which hold the contracts for the emergency projects should be given penalties from the government so this does not happen in the future," he said.

Some projects had been completed but were of poor quality, he said. Akara said the reason for this was a failure of government supervision of the projects.

"The Public Works Minister should send his team to check up on the contractors who aren't working or who don't get the job done by the scheduled completion date and they should be fired immediately," he said.

Member of Parliament Eladio Faculto said Parliament had also raised the issue due the wastage of government funds.

In some cases, the government has demolished sub-standard work done by contractors. The cycle of building and demolishing construction work has preoccupied the government and prevented development.

Santa Cruz Xefe suku Manuel Correia said a lack of staff and planning had hindered the execution of the emergency projects from their earliest stages.

Source: http://www.thediliweekly.com/en/news/capital/13018-calls-for-investigation-into-works-delays