Rector laments High Rate of Abandon Projects in Kogi Poly
The Rector , Kogi State Polytecnic , Dr Usman Ogbo has lamented the high rate of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) projects abandoned in the institution , warning prospective contractors to brace up in ensuring that projects are executed according to specification and duration.
Speaking during the opening of pre-qualification of bidding for seven TETFUND projects at the council’s board room in the polytechnic on Wednesday, Dr Ogbo said eight giant TETFUND projects was abandoned in the three campuses of the institution for upward of ten years, describing the situation as unacceptable to the new management of the institution.
“I wonder why a contractor will take money having bid and won contracts and refused to the complete the projects.
“If you visit our campus in Osara , Iktape and the main campus in Lokoja , abandon projects litters the campuses and some have remain abandoned for nine to ten years and several million have been sunk into the projects” the Rector lamented.
While warning contractors handling the institution’s project to live up to expectation , the Rector said that the opening of bidding for seven projects would enable the management of the institution to know the contractors handling the projects and monitor them to ensure that they execute the projects according to specification.
Speaking on the hostels renovation that has been abandoned in the last four years, Dr Ogbo hinted that the institution has partner with Zenith bank under Public Private Partnership (PPP) to complete the renovation in the interest of students who have been operating off campus.
He added that the polytechnic clinic would be expanded to 30 beds to serve students, staff and the host community, saying the three beds clinic in the school is grossly inadequate considering the population of students and staff of the institution.
He assured that the new management of the polytechnic would leave no stone unturn in their effort to effect development and transformation of the institution.
“Whatever we do with this appointment given to us by the state governor , Alhaji Yahaya Bello today , posterity is there to judge us and therefore we will not relent in our effort to do the needful for the development of the polytechnic” he said