- Dr Abbas Tajuddeen, a member of Nigerian House of Representatives representing Zaria Federal Constituency, has claimed that over Over N5 trillion government projects have been abandoned across Nigeria
- The Honourable also lamented the rot in the Nigerian university system
- He went further to claim that the bill to amend the National Universities Commission Act which he sponsored will be beneficial to the country
A member of the House of Representatives representing Zaria Federal Constituency Dr Abbas Tajuddeen has said over N5 trillion government projects have been abandoned across Nigeria.
Dr Tajuddeen, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria, said that over N5trillion government projects have been abandoned across Nigeria.
Tajuddeen noted that failure of contractors to complete most projects were the major causes of the projects abandonment.
He however believes that the Bill for the amendment to the Public Procurement Act which is a bill he sponsored will help in addressing issues of abandoned projects.
He said: “This is because, today Nigeria has more than N5 trillion worth of abandoned projects and if you trace the history of these projects, you will find out that they are predominantly caused by contractors’ neglect.
“We believe that by coming-up with an additional legislation to provide for additional fines and damages against contractors, issues of contracts abandonment will become history in Nigeria,” he said.
Tajuddeen, who believes that his role in the House of Representative is to serve the interest of Nigerians claimed that he has sponsored ten bills, six motions and presented two petitions in efforts to improve the living conditions of Nigerians.
He added that one of the bills he sponsored include the bill seeking to amend the National Universities Commission Act.
He said: “This a very significant bill, because it will amend the minimum standard for education and establishment of an institution, so as to provide a guideline for regulating conditions of service.
“It will also regulate procedures for engagement of visiting and part-time lecturers in our tertiary institutions.
“If you know what is happening in Nigerian universities today, you will agree with me that there is no better time for a Bill to regulate the activities of universities than now,” he said.
Going further, he lamented the employment rot in the university system where visiting lecturers have over 6 universities where they work at the same time.
He noted that: “On the average, if a lecturer tries, he or she will stay, may be for a day every two weeks in their university of primary assignment.
“The rest of the 13 days of these two weeks will be spent going round the country to other universities lecturing on part-time at the expense of their original employer.
“The implication is that the university that engages them and pays their salaries and allowances is losing a lot as there is no commitment to the job.”
He believes actions such as this will stall development in Nigeria's educational sector.
Meanwhile, the minister of Niger Delta affairs Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, in his maiden press conference, has said the Nigeria Federal Government needs a minimum of N1trillion to complete all ongoing projects in the Niger Delta region