There are indications that N5 trillion worth of projects were abandoned and or not executed by the government in the year 2016.
This information was made public by a member of the house of representative Dr Abbas Tajuddeen representing Zaria Federal Constituency who spoke to NAN in Zaria, stating that the situation has caused a huge loss.
“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.
Following this, he gave a suggestion that there should be a punishment for any contractor that defaults in order to put a stop to it. “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.
With a view to improve the lives of citizens and effect positive changes, he has so far sponsored ten bills, six motions and presented two petitions.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.
“This a very significant bill, because it will amend the minimum standard for education and establishment of an institution, so as to provide a guideline for regulating conditions of service.It will also regulate procedures for engagement of visiting and part-time lecturers in our tertiary institutions.
Tajudeen said “The rest of the 13 days of these two weeks will be spent going round the country to other universities lecturing on part-time at the expense of their original employer.