Nigeria threatens to blacklist library projects consultant

Photo: lacrosselibrary.org
Photo: lacrosselibrary.org

The Minister of State for Education stated this on Friday.

The Federal Government in Abuja on Friday threatened to blacklist the consultant in charge of the construction of e-library projects in federal unity schools in the country.

The Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, gave the threat at a meeting with the management of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), consultants, and contractors handling the projects.

Mr. Wike said that the threat had become imperative due to the lackadaisical attitude of the consultant toward the project. He said that the consultant lacked the ability to produce evaluation and variation report of the projects as at when needed.

“Your irregular visit to the sites to ascertain the evaluation report has delayed payments to the contractors. I am disappointed with you, because you do not go to the project sites regularly as expected.

“You are suppose to be the eyes for UBEC and the ministry, I hope, we do not blacklist you from continuing overseeing these projects,’’ he said.

The minister said that the construction of the library projects was important to President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians as a whole.

He directed UBEC to pay the contractors who had completed their projects, adding that those who had not completed their jobs would have their remaining payment stopped. He also directed UBEC to write warning letters to the contractors who were lacking behind in their construction.

He said that UBEC should encourage the contractors who were doing well with their projects by paying them as at when due.

Mr. Wike said that 12 out of the 29 library projects had been completed while four would be ready by next week.

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