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VC threatens to invite EFCC for erring contractors

12 September 2012, 09:14

Jos - The Vice Chancellor of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Prof. Hayward Mafuyai, on Tuesday threatened to invite the EFCC to handle contractors who failed to execute projects given to them. 

Mafuyai, who spoke while inaugurating a local implementation committee to monitor Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) projects in the university, said that some of the contractors were not serious. 

``Some of the contractors got the contracts and went to sleep. Believe you me, we may have to invite the EFCC for some of them.  

``All of them were supposed to handover the projects by January to be commissioned by the Minister of Education by March next year during the convocation but as I speak, some faculty buildings are still at foundation level,’’ he said. 

The vice chancellor stated that the contactors had no reason to delay projects, noting that TETFund projects were usually paid for upfront even before its commencement. 

``There is nothing like no money because if the contract is awarded, the complete money is already in the bank for the contractor.

``There is nothing like variation in TETFund but it is the contractor who determines the completion of the project,’’ Mafuyai stated. 

Mafuyai disclosed that the setting up of the committee became imperative as it was a condition given to the university by the TETFund to ensure speedy and quality completion of its projects in institutions of higher learning. 

The vice chancellor, who charged the six-man committee to do its best, stated that timely completion of TETfund intervention projects was a pre-condition for more interventions.  

``A school must complete its project before it would access another one.

``I was thinking that since some of our projects are 90 per cent completed, they should allow us to access money for other interventions but that is not the case. 

``It is now your responsibility to ensure that the ongoing projects are completed in time and the quality is not compromised.’’. 

Mr Dachollom Jambol, Chairman of the committee, thanked Mafuyai for the opportunity given to the committee to serve, promising that members would work, based on the principles of diplomacy, professionalism and truthfulness. 

``Although the job is tough and difficult, we shall do our best to ensure timely completion of the projects,'' he said. 

The chairman called for cooperation and cautioned against seeing the committee as a rival committee to constitutional roles of other departments.


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