by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Following the slow pace of work on the Bilingual Education Project in Nasarawa State, stakeholders on education have expressed dissatisfaction with the contractor.
They have equally expressed dismay on slow pace of work on the project being executed by contractors handling various projects awarded to them by Universal Basic Education Commission/Islamic Development Bank Bilingual Education program in Nasarawa State.
The stakeholders were speaking during an inspection visit on the project and meeting in all the three project sites, including Nasarawa, Wamba and Kwandare recently.
While speaking to newsmen shortly after the meeting, they charged the contractors to ginger up the work to enable them meet with the contractual obligations.
Consultant of Bilingual Boarding School Projects, Architect Samuel Obaje, with the View Coast Development Partnership in the state, expressed his disappointed with the level of work on the project.
According to him, they are not satisfied with the progress of the work because the contractors are behind schedule on the work, stressing that, “Maybe, what is delaying them is because they have not gotten an advance payment.”
He said, though in the cause of their interactions with them, the contractors assured that they will sit up; and so, the combined group urged the contracting firm to double their efforts through sourcing for funds somewhere to finish the work, instead of waiting for advance payment.
Also speaking, the Director of Syncro Nigeria Limited, who are handlers of Kwandare Project, Mallam Zanna Usman, told our correspondent that the work was given to them on June 28, 2022, 2 weeks after they mobilized to the site.
He explained that, they did a site plan, survey, provided facilities and did excavation of all the structures, noting that they have done a lot concerning curriculums of foundation, adding that, “Now we are working on grounding of hustles.”
He said they faced challenges bedeviling the progress of work, adding that, treasuring has been high between the month of July to September, and funds are also another angle.
Mallam Usman noted that, they have gone far in searching for money elsewhere for speedy execution of the project, saying, “Such places we went include banks, but interest was on the high side – where some are demanding for 35 and others 37 percent.”
He noted that, they have also applied for advance payment from up to 20 percent of the total contract sum for the past 3 months, “but up till this moment, we have not gotten any of it.”
Also, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) was not satisfied with the contractors handling the 3, Almajiri’s Boarding School Projects, and called on them to ensure completion of the project within the stipulated period.
The state program manager, Hajiya Zainab Magaji, lamented on how the contractors are not leaving up to expectations, saying, “Yet, we the client, from the state government side, we appreciated sponsors, contractor and supervisor for making this project came to reality.
“The project is long awaited, and we were expecting it for the past 4 years, but now it has started and, definitely, one day it will come to pass, by the Grace of God,” she said.
Our correspondent reports that the time frame of the Universal Basic Education Commission/Islamic Development Bank Bilingual Education program and the Almajiri’s Boarding projects is 1 year.