OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate all abandoned projects of the federal government from 1999 till date.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion moved by Francis Uduyok (PDP, Akwa Ibom).
Mr. Uduyok described the rate of abandoned projects in the country as alarming, adding that over 20,000 projects belonging to the federal government have received less than 50% funding.
He noted that the projects have become a pipe drain on the resources of the government.
“A large number of those projects estimated to be over 20,000, have received advanced payments of not less than 50% and other payments which in total, amount to billions of naira,” he said.
He explained further that “some of those abandoned projects include important establishments like dams, hospitals, buildings, bridges, steel companies, and access roads, like the East-West road, awarded in 2006 and yet to be completed after more than a decade.”
He raised concerns that some of those projects have become hide outs for “hoodlums and miscreants who use them as abodes to plan their nefarious activities.”
The House therefore resolved to give the yet to be formed committee three months to investigate the “state of completion and constraints, and report back within three months for further legislative action.”