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Rivers to cancel school projects over poor performance

By JIMITOTA ONOYUME

PORT HARCOURT— SOME contractors handling school projects for the Rivers State Government are to lose their jobs for lack of performance.

State Commissioner for Education, Dame Alice Lawrence–Nemi, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said it was disturbing that some of the affected contractors had failed to deliver on their jobs, over a year same were awarded, adding that their jobs would be re-awarded to other serious contractors.

She said the state government will not tolerate lousiness on the part of any contractor, adding that   her Ministry will deliver 200 schools for commissioning before the end of September, explaining that the schools would be in 200 communities in the state.

She said: “I am cancelling some of the contracts.  The affected contractors had been on jobs, which ought to have been delivered in six months for over a year.  The Ministry will not encourage this kind of attitude among contractors handling its projects.”

She blamed lack of commitment to projects on  part of some contractors for the failure of some government projects in the country.  She said as Commissioner, she had been in a situation where she had to come hard on contractors for them to do their job.

She said 53 students of the state origin on university scholarship in Russia would graduate this week in courses such as engineering, medicine among others, adding that another batch of 143 students in Malaysia would graduate next month.

Dame Lawrence-Nemi said the state government carefully identified areas of need to the state and gave scholarship along such lines.


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