Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Contractors abandon N800m school projects

02 February 2013, 15:03

Makurdi - The Commissioner for Science and Technology in Benue, Mr Godwin Adah, on Friday in Makurdi said contractors have abandoned over N800 million science and technical school projects in Anyiin and Otukpa.

Adah said this while briefing newsmen in Makurdi after inspecting projects in Anyiin, Garaboghol and Otukpa Science and Technical Schools.

The commissioner said that 80 per cent of the total contract sum has already been paid to the contractors concerned.

“The government has paid all the contractors in this ministry, so it is the fault of the contractors who are already playing politics with the contracts,” he said.

The commissioner, however, pointed out that all the contractors handling the projects were people in government or of high profile status in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the over N800m projects involve renovation and conversion of three old Government Secondary Schools in the state into science and technical schools.

NAN also reports that all the contracts, according to the Commissioner, were awarded to indigenous contractors within the location of the schools.

"Since last year, I reported the contractors to the House Standing Committee on Science on the contractors’ lackadaisical approach on the projects.

"The committee had earlier in Nov. 2012 ordered them to mobilise back to site, but they have not done so up till now," he said.

Adah said that one of the contractors has already been ordered by the committee to refund N11million to government due to the poor materials used.

He said that the state government had also approved contract for the supply of three water tankers to the three schools under review.

In an interview, the Principal of Government Science Technical School, Otukpa, Mr Christopher Orokpo, appealed to the contractors handling the projects to complete them on time.

Orokpo said that the school had problems of water supply and insecurity because of the lack of a fence, electricity, sport facilities, water, clinic, staff accommodation and equipment for science and technical practicals.

All the students in the three science and technical schools were sleeping on the floor as the government is yet to approve contract for the provision of school bed.

The students also sleep alone in the night in all the schools as the staff quarters as well as the matron houses are still under construction.

The students were also seen eating under mango trees at Otukpa as the dining halls suffered the same fate as other projects.

- NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah.
Liberia: Between Ebola And the ty...

The Sirleaf reign as president, as her stint in America’s big corp, has been tainted with allegations of corruption and nepotism and now with the Ebola epidemic.  Read more...

Submitted by
MARTIN BECK NWORAH
I am sorry

There is always a point in one's life when you'll sit down,shut your outer thoughts and meditate on the things that really matter. Read more...

Submitted by
Ajayi Osahenoma
Heaven and hell

There are two place we all are heading to, Heaven or hell, these two are matters of choice. Read more...

Submitted by
Omorogbe Dan Endurance
Change dear universe

Everything that’s happening in the universe today, are happening as a result of our actions, what we are doing and what we are not doing. Read more...

Submitted by
Chidi Anyaehie
What is Faan up to?

Since the exit of the former aviation minister Stella Odua, FAAN has constituted themselves into another NCS, but that's not all. Read more...

Submitted by
SAMUEL UFOT EKEKERE
Time for change: Now or later

Even amongst people of little or no spiritual attributes, there is a strong tendency towards waiting. Read more...