December 5, 2022

The Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has lamented over the height of irresponsibility on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for abandoning many infrastructural projects in the state.

Source reports that the aggrieved governor disclosed this while speaking to newsmen after he inspected the Universal Basic Education Commission’s proposed Model School for South-South Zone at Abudu, Orhionmwon Local Government Area, alleging that the unfinished projects were affecting the socio-economic growth of the state.

The governor said, “This is an educational institution that is supposed to be used in training teachers to strengthen our educational system. This is supposed to have been completed but as usual when it comes to Federal Government projects, they don’t care. It’s just an irresponsible approach to development.

“Obaseki also lamented that there is no need for the project to be abandoned because funds have been set aside to complete it.

“The Korean government gave a grant and this project was supposed to have been completed over a year ago. It has been abandoned as usual.

“I just pray that this country does not continue like this. This is absolutely irresponsible.

“However, Obaseki added that the state is ready to take over and finish the project for the benefit of the people of the state.

“At this stage, at some point in time, if it is not completed, the state will have to just take it over, complete and use it.

“However, the President of Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, NIQS, Abba Tor, said in a related complain in 2021 that most contracts fail in Nigeria due to poor cost estimation. Politicians and even private individuals tend to embark on projects without employing the services of experts, and even when they do, they do not strictly follow expert advice.

Abba added that by the time market realities dawn on the facilitator, the project would be suspended, while some went ahead to cut corners, leading to failures of building, bridge and road projects.

He further identified corruption as the reason why most public projects are abandoned in Nigeria, saying many contracts are awarded to politically-exposed, overnight construction businessmen and women who collect mobilisation fees and abandon work, IsL source reports.

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