A report compiles by two non-governmental organizations has shown that only 4.48 percent of the 69 roads and bridges which the Federal Government listed as ongoing projects in the South-east geo-political zone have been completed in use and in good condition.
The report produced by Voice of the People (V2P) and Hope Givers Initiative (HOG-1) after a monitoring and verification exercise of the 69 projects whose list was released by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in August 2018 disclosed that two thirds of the completed projects were implemented by state governments.
The 80-page report which was made available to journalists in Abuja on Wednesday stated that; “43.28 percent of the projects were either uncompleted and abandoned or not started at all as at October 31st 2018.
“Equally important is the fact that 8.96 percent of the projects have been completed, in use but in very bad shape currently while 1.49 percent of the projects in the list have been completed but unfortunately these projects have failed and collapsed.
“The claim by the Minister of Information that the 69 projects in the list are ongoing cannot be true because the monitoring exercise found out that 23.88 per cent of the projects on the released list are ongoing with substantial work done while 11.94 percent of the projects have work just resuming. In other words, ongoing projects in the released list constitute only 35.82 percent of the 69 projects.
“This implies that the percentage share of ongoing projects is lower than the percentage share of uncompleted and abandoned projects or projects not started at all which constitute 43.28 percent of the 69 projects in the released list of supposedly ongoing projects in the South East Zone”, the report said.
Meanwhile, 2.99 percent of the projects in the released list have work not started but there was presence of machineries and equipment to start the projects at the various sites as at October 31, 2018 while 2.99 percent of the projects in the released list could be located.
Analysis done by the two NGOs show that the highest number of projects accounting for 31.88 percent of the 69 projects were in Enugu State followed by Anambra with 27.54 percent. Abia State accounts for 17.39 percent, Imo with 14.49 percent while Ebonyi State has the least number accounting for 5.80 percent of the 69 projects.
According to the report, Abia and Imo states have the highest share of 50 percent of their projects in the released list either started and abandoned or not started at all followed by Enugu with 45 per cent, Anambra with 42.11 percent while Ebonyi state has no project in the released list in this category.
The report explained that Ebonyi State has the least number with four projects which have been completed, in use and in good condition though, community members interviewed during the verification exercise said that the road projects were actually executed by the state government but that contractors from the Federal Government only worked on the road shoulders.
The NGO observations showed that 40.58 percent of the projects were awarded during the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, 28.99 percent during the current administration, 23.19 under Shehu Yar’Adua administration, 4.35 percent during Olusegun Obasanjo administration, while 2.90 percent cannot be classified under any administration.