By Yinka Kolawole
The Niger State government has revokedÂ Â the contract of a housing developmentÂ Â Â project worth N1.2 billion awarded to a private estate developer, Legend Consult Nigeria Limited, due to failure to comply with contractual agreement.
The State Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mrs Salome Ndakotso, declared that the government took the action in order not to derail the promise of the state government to provide shelter for citizens of Niger State.
Ndakotso explained that the contractor failed to keep to initial contractual agreement, under which, according to her, the contractor was expected to complete 500 houses at the MI Wushishi Housing Estate within the period of one year which they failed to deliver.
According to the Commissioner, the government on its own part had completed the payment of N1.2 billion as money for the project, adding that the contractors have since abandoned site after eight percent of job performance.
Salome said following the slow pace of work, the developer had been invited on several occasions with a view to prompt him into working according to the dictates of the earlier signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
She further explained that the revocation of the agreement became necessary when a team led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Due Process, Alhaji Usman Ahmed, discovered that the developer had abandoned site.