The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said that Nigeria tops the chart of countries where projects are abandoned.
Tambuwal, who disclosed this while declaring open a two-day interactive session on procurement processes, organised by the Committee on Public procurement, said that research had shown that Nigeria holds the record of being the country with the highest number of abandoned projects, the world over.
He blamed the development on the poor or total disregards for the Public Procurement Act, 2007.
The speaker, who was represented by the House Minority Leader, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamilah, noted that though, the Act was enacted with the view to help curtail the excesses of executing contracts by the various government agencies, but regretted that the ACT had so far not been fully implemented since it was signing into law.
Also speaking at the event, the director-general, Bureau for Public procurement (BPP), Engr. Emeka Nze, said that with the passage of the Act, there was some improvement in project implementation processes, but that there was still room for improvement. Chairman of the committee, Hon. Jumoke Okoya-Thomas, had earlier, said that the law was meant to entrench the culture of transparency and accountability in governance in order to ensure adequate implementation of budgets and service delivery.
She then added that the interactive session was to create an avenue where both the lawmakers and MDA’s could rub minds, with the view to finding better ways of implementing the public Procurement Act, since the Act was key to project execution.