By Emma Ovuakporie
ABUJAâ€”Local Government Areas in Anambra state have petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over the abandonment of constituency projects worth over N300million by contractors and officials of the Federal Ministry of Housing after collecting mobilisation fees.
Also petitioned were the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Senator Ikechukwu Obiora.
In an interview, Senator Obiora told Vanguard that he was aware of the problem and even gave them the go ahead to petition the EFCC and other relevant agencies to ensure that the projects were executed.
The three local councils namely; Orumba North, Orumba South and Aguata Local Government Areas in Anambra South Senatorial Zone, in the petitions had alleged that the officials of the Housing Ministry connived with the contractors that were supposed to execute the projects to merely collect money since 2008 without doing any work.
Over 20 towns are affected in the abandoned project saga. Aguata Local Government Area accounts for N85.55million, Orumba North, N113.88million and Orumba South, N70.9million. However, the contract sum for Amaetiti and Ndiukwuenu town projects as well as Achina and Amesi were not made available.
The councils in their separate petitions claimed that Anambra South Senatorial zone is littered with uncompleted and abandoned projects, which the contractors have collected full payment for. Officials of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Environment were alleged to have paid deaf ears to the complaints by the various towns.
One of the petitions written under the aegis of Anambra State Association of Town Union (ASATU) read, â€œwe the under listed communities in Orumba South LGA of Anambra state of Nigeria under the umbrella of ASATU hereby wish to complain to you about the abandonment of contracts for the sinking of bore-holes in our various communities.
The contracts were awarded to some Nigerian contractors by the Federal Ministry of Housing and Environment in 2008. This is a democracy dividend attracted to us by our Senator representing Anambra South Senatorial Zone, Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah. But to our greatest surprise, the said contractors abandoned the job without completionâ€.