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‘11,800 Federal Government Projects Abandoned Nationwide’ – Prof. Monye

April 18, 2012

Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. Sylvester Monye, Tuesday disclosed that about 11,800 projects belonging to the Federal Government  were either abandoned or uncompleted nationwide.

He made the disclosure in Abuja at a one-day capacity building workshop on Public Procurement and Effective Budget Implementation, Organised by the Ministry of Education for Principals, Bursars and Secretaries of Tender Board of Federal Government colleges.

The Special Adviser who blamed the situation on the attitudes of Nigerians and the High turn-over rate of civil servants, emphasised the need for public officers to adhere strictly to the Provisions of the Procurement Acts, if they must achieve result in implementing the 2012 Budget.

According to him, “People rather budget for new project instead of completing ongoing ones, and when a new person comes into office, he says that is not my project, the ‘FAT’ of the project has been taken away therefore I have to do my own.”

Meanwhile,  the Federal Government has kick-started the process of reviving Federal Unity Colleges across the country with a view to making them models of secondary school education, the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, has announced.

The minister spoke at a workshop on Effective Public Procurement for Federal Unity Colleges in Abuja.

He declared that the 2012 budget had made special provisions of N250 million each for 18 Federal Unity Colleges spread across the six geo-political zones for massive infrastructural development.

Wike said each of the selected schools project included construction of standard libraries, classrooms, laboratories, and assembly halls.

He added that for schools not covered in the first phase of the rehabilitation, process, the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, would intervene in their junior secondary schools to upgrade critical facilities.

The minister said in the next four years the Federal Government plans to completely rehabilitate 72 out of the 104 Federal Unity Colleges.

According to him: “This workshop is therefore being organised to prepare, equip and empower the principals, bursars and secretaries of Tenders Board of the Federal Unity Colleges with the right attitude and aptitude necessary for advancing the efficient implementation of 2012 capital budget of the unity colleges.”

Declaring the workshop open, Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquyyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, said the decision to completely rehabilitate the Colleges was a deliberate attempt to make the schools comprehensively qualitative environment for quality learning.

She advised the principals and other senior officials of Federal Unity Colleges to ensure they start legal procurement process to attain the goals of the Federal Government.

In a keynote address, the Director General of Bureau of Public Procurement, Mr Emeka Eze warned the principals against awarding contracts which were not in consonance with the Procurement Act. He said failure to follow the Act would attract legal prosecution.

In a remark, Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. Ben Ibe, said the Federal Ministry of Education remained committed to diligent implementation of 2012 budget.

The workshop attracted principals, bursars and secretaries of Tenders Board of the 104 Federal Unity Colleges.

Culled from ThisDay Live of Wednesday 18th April 2012

Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. Sylvester Monye

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