Enugu Assembly raises investigative committee on abandoned schools’ projects

By SundiataPOST, Abuja

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The Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Mr Eugene Odo, on Thursday set up a seven-member committee to investigate the abandonment of contracts in some schools.
Inaugurating the committee in Enugu, the speaker said the contracts were awarded by the Federal Government in 2010 under the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) special intervention.
“This House mandates the Rector of IMT, Enugu, Prof M. U. Iloeje and the Principal, Premier Secondary School, Ukehe, to make available to special ad hoc committee all the necessary information relating to the consultants and contractors.
“That is: their names,  addresses, project titles, total amount of the project, amount paid out so far, stages of the job and any other information that will be required from time to time by the committee,” he said.
He said the affected schools were the Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Enugu and the Premier Secondary School, Ukehe.
Odo constituted the committee following a motion moved by Mr Micheal Onyeze, representing Igboeze North I constituency on alleged abandonment of the project by the contractors.
The speaker said the committee had two months to submit its report to the House.
In his remarks, Onyeze said the motion was raised following findings during an oversight function in the two schools by the House Committee on Education.
“In fact, in IMT about N1 billion has been paid to the contractors for the past three years, but they have refused to execute the project.
“As a result of this, it has become impossible for the Institution to draw more funds from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).
“Until you finish the job you have at hand, you cannot draw more funds. That is the condition for continuous withdrawal,” he said.
Members of the committee include Anichukwu John as the Chairman and Ikechukwu Ezeugwu, Vice Chairman.
Others are Mrs Theresa Egbo, Nelson Uduji, Paul Ogbe, Anthony Ogidi and Donatus Uzogbado.

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