The House of Representative is set to audit all abandoned federal government project initiated since the year 1999. The Reps members revealed there were over 20,000 projects scattered across the country that are worth billions of Naira that were abandoned by contractors even as they have collected over 50 percent of the contract sum from the government.
The decision to do this followed the adoption of a motion moved by Mr, Francis Uduyok at plenary on Wednesday captioned “Need to Investigate the Abandoned Federal Government Project from 1999 to date”
Subsequently, the lawmakers adopted the motion and have resolved to set up a committee to investigate the said abandoned projects, there time of delivery, there cost and how much was paid and what constraints lead to its abandonment.
Accordingly, the motion while presenting it, Uduyok said, The House notes the alarming number of projects which were awarded to contractors by the Federal Government’s agencies, parastatals, ministries, commissions and boards from 1999 that have been abandoned.
The reps lament “A large number of those projects, estimated to be over 20,000, scattered across Nigeria of which most have received advanced payments of not less than 50 percent which in total amount to billions of naira. Some of those abandoned projects include infrastructures such as dams, hospitals, buildings, bridges, steel companies; and access roads typical of which is like the East-West Road awarded since 2006 and is yet to be completed after more than a decade when it was awarded.”
The lawmakers were worried that the abandoned projects had become conduits that drain the Federal Government’s funds “due to the inflationary rate that is obtainable should the government decide to revive these projects many years after they were awarded.”
They revealed “Even though this trend has been in fashion, there is the need to change our ways, if the nation is to have a meaningful development in terms of infrastructure and social services.