Abandoned SUBEB projects: Ortom orders prosecution of contractors

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has given instructions for the prosecution of contractors who abandoned work on some of the 740 primary school projects across the state.

He directed the Benue State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to furnish relevant government agencies with information about the contractors so that appropriate action can be taken.

He gave this instruction while inspecting projects in the state capital, including St. Theresa’s Primary School, preparatory to the award of additional projects from the N6.6 Billion funds available for the next phase of interventions.

EduCeleb.com recalls that the Chairman of Benue SUBEB, Dr Philip Tacin had in November revealed that Two hundred and ten contracts out of the awarded contracts by the SUBEB, across some primary schools have been abandoned.


This is even as 40 completed and ongoing contracts in some schools have been destroyed during the herdsmen attack on Benue.

According to him, the board had to review the cases of the abandoned projects and decided to terminate about 90 of the contracts from contractors who could not execute their job.


He said it became necessary to terminate the contracts because the contractors abandoned them and were not going there.

“These people abandoned their jobs. We spoke with them and we wrote to them severally but they refused to do their jobs. So, we had no choice than to terminate their contracts.

“However some of the contracts are at various stages of completion, but these projects were supposed to be completed in just twelve weeks.

“We invited them for dialogue and only 16 of them attended the meeting. It shows that they don’t care about what happens to the job and the plight of the children. It is disheartening.

“Now it’s over three years and so we have compiled a list of 120 of them and we say, if they cannot complete the work by the end of December this year, we will hand them over to the EFCC to explain why they cannot complete the contract of 12 weeks in three years,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Governor Ortom also inspected the Pever Agenga Road in Logo II, which is expected to provide relief for a huge student population and the host community to the Benue State University.

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