Reps decry contracts abandonment at maritime academy

David Adekunle

The House of Representatives has expressed worry over the abandonment of contracts at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Akwa Ibom State.

The House said it was worrisome that contractors abandoned projects at the academy after they had been paid.

The House Committee on Maritime, Safety, Education and Administration, said the contractors would be summoned over the development.

According to the House, the Federal Government will revoke some contracts and recover funds from those who failed to deliver their jobs within specified period.

The House Committee, which was led by its chairman, Mohammed Bago, on a visit to the academy to sympathise with the institution over the demise of its former Rector, Mr. Joshua Okpo, warned that defaulting contractors would be prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Standard Enhancement

Bago, who said the committee was committed to the overall development of the academy, urged its management to speed up measures aimed at enhancing the standards of the institution.

According to him, the committee will not approve any new project in the academy until all the existing ones are fully executed.

Bago said, “All the contractors working in the academy will be summoned to a meeting in Abuja.

Contractors who do not deliver their jobs within the stipulated time frame will have their contracts revoked and the funds recovered.

“Defaulters will be prosecuted by the appropriate body – the Economic Financial Crimes Commission which is saddled with that responsibility.

“You have to see us as partners in progress; we have to strengthen our institutions so that this country will move forward, we will make sure this institution is accorded its deserving status.

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