The House of Representatives has raised an alarm over the poor performance of contractors executing projects under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) .
This was just as the minister of Land, Housing and Urban Development, Ama Pepple, disclosed that the federal government owes contractors N8.4 billion.
In a meeting between members of the Committee on Constituency Outreach and the minister and officials of the ministry over the weekend, the lawmakers disagreed with the constituency project assessment report of the ministry, which put the level of implementation at 100 percent.
Chairman of the committee, Hon Aisha Ahmed, told the ministry that the era of shoddy implementation of contracts was gone, lamenting that so much money was being approved and expended but with no meaningful outcome.
“We want to change the way in which these things have been handled in the past. The Seventh Assembly will not tolerate or condone the situation where value for money is not achieved,” she warned.
Other members who spoke at the meeting called for an urgent investigation into the spate of abandonment and non-execution of constituency projects awarded by the federal government under the MDGs programme.
Stating that the objective of constituency projects has been lost due to the failure of the supervisors and contractors to do a thorough job, they raised examples of badly implemented projects in their constituencies and said that there were considering to personally supervise such projects to ensure that they met the specifications of the contract terms.