Over N5tr projects abandoned across Nigeria – Reps

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Members of the House of Representatives at plenary

Dr Abbas Tajuddeen, member representing Zaria Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, on Wednesday said more than N5 trillion government projects were abandoned across Nigeria.

Tajuddeen made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Zaria, Kaduna State.

Tajuddeen, who expressed “deep worry” over the situation said the country was incurring huge losses due to the abandonment.

He said that the Bill for the amendment of the Public Procurement Act which he sponsored was to address issues of abandoned projects among others.

“This is because, today Nigeria has more than N5 trillion worth of abandoned projects and if you trace the history of these projects, you will find out that they are predominantly caused by contractors’ neglect.

“We believe that by coming-up with an additional legislation to provide for additional fines and damages against contractors, issues of contracts abandonment will become history in Nigeria,” he said.

According to him, he has so far sponsored ten Bills, six motions and presented two petitions with a view to effect positive change and  improve the lives of citizens.

The bills included the one seeking to amend the National Universities Commission Act, to give the commission the power to regulate the conditions of service and procedure for engagement of academic staff.

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