Lawmakers uncover abandoned SUBEB projects in Nasarawa

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has discovered abandoned renovation of seven classrooms school projects in Government Secondary School Mada Station, Nasarawa Eggon Local Government Area of the state.

Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Daniel Ogazi revealed that the house would probe the projects supposedly awarded by the Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) back in 2017.

He noted that his committee discovered the anomaly when he led other members in continuation of inspection tour of school projects in the area.

Ogazi said that a situation where classrooms have their removed or blown off without replacement, leaving students studying under trees, was not acceptable.

“As part of our oversight functions, we branched at GSS Mada Station and we discovered that many classroom projects awarded in 2017 by the ministry of education have their roofs brought down without replacement of those zinc and proper renovations, leaving students studying under trees, is not acceptable.

“We will investigate what happened that the work is not completed,” he said.

Nationally, over 315 thousand classrooms are ij bad condition across Nigeria.

Ogazi however commended the contractor handling the renovation of two classrooms in LEA Primary School, Angbashuru Oden, for a job well done.

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He also urged those operating a private school in LEA Primary School, Arikpa Mission, to vacate the school on or before 13th March, or face the committee’s action.

The chairman said the committee would call to order all contractors who failed to adhere strictly to project specifications.

“The renovation of three classrooms at Pilot Science Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon is a misplaced priority because the contractor is supposed to renovate a block of three classrooms in the school that needed urgent attention.

“But the contractor went to paint a structure that was strong and this is misplaced priority,” he said.

The chairman condemned the roofing work at Primary School Mada Station and called on SUBEB to do something about it.

Ogazi also revealed that the committee would investigate situations where some block of classrooms were constructed in schools without contract works been awarded to those schools.

He urged community leaders and youths to take ownership of projects in their domains to ensure that quality jobs are delivered by contractors.

The chairman restated the commitment of the committee in supervising school projects across the state in the interest of the education sector and for the overall development of the state.

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The schools inspected include RCM Primary School, Mada Station; LEA Primary School Angbashuru Oden; CMS Primary School, Mada Station; LEA Primary School, Ezzen; LEA Primary School, Arikpa Randa; LEA Primary School, Arikpa Mission, and LEA Primary School, Agunji.

Others are LEA Primary School, Alogani Central; Islamiya Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon; RCM Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon; Pilot Science Primary School, Nasarawa Eggon, and LEA Primary School, Alizaga.

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