Written by Austine ELEMUE, Godfrey AKON

COE Zuba: FCTA abandons multi-million naira projects · Projects ongoing, FCTA insists

In spite of millions of naira ploughed into projects at the FCT College of Education Zuba, the tertiary institution is littered with several abandoned projects consisting of blocks of classrooms, hostels and half constructed roads.

Though the Federal Capital Territory Administration insists that the projects are ongoing, a visit by one of our correspondents suggest otherwise.

The FCTA, which is the proprietor of the institution, embarked on the construction of a number of projects in the college before the previous administration bowed out and has failed to mobilise its contractors to site to complete the projects, several years after.

This is on the heels of many of the contractors have been paid almost all of the contract sums.

When our correspondent visited the college premises in Zuba, most of the completed projects were those funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, as the proprietor appeared to have given up construction of its capital projects in the college.

COE Zuba is one of the 216 beneficiary institutions where TETFund is actively implementing its interventions on infrastructure and academic staff trainings with a visible presence of the fund as its structures adorn the landscape of the college.

When contacted for reaction, the FCT Education Secretary, Dr. Bala Liman said the projects are not abandoned, stressing that the secretariat is currently carrying out reassessment and evaluation of all ongoing projects with a view to completing them, and FCT College of Education, Zuba is not exception.

He also assured that as soon as funds are made available, contractors will be mobilized to site, just as he stressed that ongoing projects are not limited to FCT College of Education, but all sector of the nation's economy.

His words: "We are conducting reassessment of all ongoing projects in the education secretariat with a view to completing them. On assumption of office, I took a tour with some board chairmen and management staff to most of our schools to see things for ourselves. We have identified some of the challenges and measures to resolve them. 

"Therefore, I don't want to say that the projects in FCT College of Education, Zuba are abandoned in the true sense of it. If they are abandoned the way you are putting it, the FCT Administration will not be making an attempt to complete them. You should know that physical projects and other services are tied to budgetary provisions and release. 

"And if you understand this present FCT Administration, the minister, Malam Muhammad Bello has directed that no new projects should be initiated until all ongoing ones are completed and that is exactly what inform the Education Secretariat to take stock of all ongoing projects in the sector including the FCT College of Education, Zuba".     

While reacting to when contractors will be mobilized back to site, Liman said; "As I told you earlier, projects are tied to budgetary allocation and release, and I can assure you that as soon as funds are made available, works will commence in all our sites, not just FCT College of Education".

Earlier in the year, the FCTA awarded contracts valued at N3.9 billion for the construction and rehabilitation of projects in 19 schools in Abuja of which the COE Zuba was featured.

FCTA Secretary for Education, Senator Isa Maina, while mentioning the projects, said the COE Zuba will benefit in the expansion of its stores.

But more than 10 months after, the stores are yet to be completed.

 

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