House of Representatives to probe abandoned projects

By Lawan Hamidu, Abuja

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Nigeria's House of Representatives

The Nigerian House of Representatives is to constitute an adhoc committee to investigate all abandoned government projects since 1999.

The committee, will ascertain the contracts costs, periods of award, state of completion or constraints as well as possible way forward.

These were parts of the resolutions on a motion on the “need to investigate Nigerian government’s abandoned projects from 1999 to date.

Mr. Francis Uduyok from Akwa Ibom State while presenting the motion described as ‘alarming’ said ”the number of projects awarded by the government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies MDAs ‎from 1999, are yet to be completed.”

Mr. Uduyok said an estimated 20,000 abandoned projects, comprising roads, bridges, hospitals, dams, among others, have received advanced payments of not less than 50 per cent amounting to billions of Naira.

“I am concerned that the abandoned projects have become pipes that drain Nigerian government’s funds in the form of inflated costs when revived.

More so, most of the abandoned projects are currently being occupied by hoodlums and miscreants as abodes for carrying out nefarious activities,” Mr Uduyok noted.

Change of attitude
The lawmaker suggested a change of attitude with regard to abandoned projects, urging the government to factor them into future budgets to ensure their resuscitation and completion.

Mr. Uduyok called for concerted efforts to ensure that funds for the abandoned projects diverted were recovered while more funds should be made available where applicable for their completion for Nigerians to benefit from the projects.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere