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Projects estimated to worth billions of naira have been abandoned by contractors at the University of Uyo, leaving the main campus with a litany of uncompleted structures.
The University operates a two-campus system with the town campus located within Uyo metropolis, while the main campus is located along Nwaniba road.
According to checks by our correspondent, a total of nine projects funded by TETFUND, NEEDS Assessment Project and the Niger Delta Development Commission worth over billions of naira have been abandoned with work ongoing at a snail speed on a handful of other projects.
It was gathered that the contractors handling the projects had either deliberately stopped work to seek revaluation of the projects through contract variation or “delaying the work unnecessarily by working at a very slow pace.”
A top official of the university confirmed that funds had been released for the projects in phases, adding that contractors were expected to utilise the funds released judiciously before asking for more funds.
Among the projects abandoned is the proposed agricultural laboratory, the contract of which was awarded in 2011 and funded by the Federal Government.
However, authorities of the institution blamed the delay in the completion of the projects on the release of funds.
Sunday Bassey, director of physical planning of the University who spoke with our reporter, absolved the institution of any complicity in the delay in completion of the projects.
He denied insinuations that some of the projects have been abandoned, adding that the projects are ongoing but “at a slow pace.”
He stated that though non-release of adequate funds have stagnated the projects directly handled by the Federal Government, Bassey said money is released to the contractors as they complete the projects in phases.
He said that for about seven projects funded … Read More...