Busia County Government has implemented 154 projects for the financial year (FY) 2018-2019 and grouped them into 47 Contracts/lots.
Addressing contractors during contract signing meeting on Wednesday, County Executive Committee Member for Water, Irrigation, Environment and Natural Resources Dr Isaac Alukwe said the grouping into lots was necessary for proper projects management and in order to attract competent and capable contractors.
He said a total of 45 lots were successfully awarded to contractors while two contracts were recommended for re-advertisement, one had no bidders and the other had technical issues.
“On completion of the 45 contracts 33 boreholes will have been drilled and equipped with hand pumps, six boreholes drilled and equipped with solar pumping systems.
The existing pipes network will increase by 41km, elevated storage increased by 169,000 litres, water kiosks increased by 15 and installation of three submersible pumps.
Other achievements include protection of 26 springs, upgrading of 12 boreholes to solar pumping systems, repair or replacement of 25 hand pumps and, two broken down submersible pumps and elevation of one water supply to solar status.
Dr Alukwe said the era of keeping contractual obligations for over 90 days, and not appearing on site for over 30 days without a properly agreed reason will lead to the termination of contracts.
” The Governor H. E Sospeter Ojaamong wants to leave a legacy, it’s the mandate of the contractors to ensure that projects are executed within the stipulated time,” he said, noting that no contractor will be shortlisted for any works in the next financial year if they still have pending work from the last financial year.
Chief Officer in the department Mr Moses Weunda told contractors to use licensed hydrological surveyors, noting that the county will only pay for productive and not dry boreholes.
The Chief officer gave the contractors one week to produce work plans after site hand over, adding that the department will not allow sub contracts, variation work within contract sums, or any delays in completion of the projects which have been fixed at 12 weeks.