By Godwin Oritse

THE Senate Committee on Marine Transport has expressed concern over the increased number of abandoned project at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN) Oron, Akwa Ibom State.

In an interview with Vanguard at the Academy, the committee chairman, Hajia Zainab Kure, lamented the cost of the abandoned projects to the economy, saying that “the Rector of the Academy has been directed to summon the contractors and resolve whatever the problem is.

Kure noted that the projects were still in the same state when the committee visited two years ago adding that if the intention of the contractors was to come back for a review of the contracts then they(contractors) have something else coming.

The former first lady of Niger State also noted that the contractors are deliberately abandoning the projects with a view to ask for an upward review of the contract sum.

She stated that the committee will not accept the fact that contractor will bid for jobs and collect mobilisations, do the work half way and then abandon the projects.

The committee chairman said “We will not take a situation whereby a contractor would be said to have collected some money and then abandon the project and nobody will hear from the contractor and after a while he resurfaces. There should be sanctions for such contractors.

“If you do not complete your project within the stipulated time, you cannot come and say you are trying to  look  for upward  review, we cannot take it because it is a deliberate way of abandoning it.

“We are certainly going to sit down and look at those particular projects that were abandoned like the male hostel .”

She disclosed that there was misunderstanding between the consultant and the contractor but that the issue has been resolved. He added that the academy’s Rector has been given two weeks to order the contractor back to site.

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