‘Fix responsibility for shoddy projects’


Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh on Sunday blamed the poor execution of road projects in Riyadh for the devastating floods in the aftermath of Saturday’s rains.
He called for punishing those responsible for managing and supervising these projects.
“This is a breach of honesty and trustworthiness that they will be held accountable for,” he said in a statement published on Sunday.
“Anyone entrusted with undertaking tasks for the benefit of the Muslim Ummah must execute their duties with the highest level of professionalism, integrity and honesty. Negligence is considered treason against the community.”
He urged authorities to award such mega projects solely to trustworthy companies.
Al-Asheikh called on the public to report such poorly constructed projects to higher authorities to expose corruption.
Saturday’s rains exposed the poor execution of underpasses, streets and drainage systems, he said.
One Yemeni woman died and five people were reported missing following the rains. Among those missing are Marzouk Al-Onaizan, 30, and his uncle Naser Al-Onaizan, 70. They had attempted to drive through a flooded area along the Al-Hayer Bridge.
Junior Al-Onaizan reportedly called his family at 10 p.m. on Saturday for help and the connection suddenly cut during the phone call.
His family reported the incident to the police, who went on a mission to find him in the same area near the bridge. The 2008 white Yukon was found in the area but the two family members were not inside. Marzouk’s friends on Twitter said that he was last seen on WhatsApp at 9:42 p.m.
Riyadh Gov. Prince Khaled bin Bandar, meanwhile, held a meeting with top officials to discuss plans for the removal of floodwater from roads.
He urged swift measures to take control of floodwaters to protect the lives and properties of citizens and residents. Riyadh Mayor Abdullah Al-Muqbil said work on a new drainage system was progressing well. The Civil Defense warned the public against possible heavy rains and flashfloods this week in different regions of the Kingdom.


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