***As NASS gives Julius Berger marching orders on completion

The over N50b Permanent Site of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) situated along the Airport road in Abuja will be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari before the end of his tenure in may.

Against the background, the National Assembly on Thursday, gave the contractor handling the project, Julius Berger Construction Company, marching orders, to get it completed within 30 days.

Giving out the order while on the spot assessment of level of execution of the project, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, said Julius Berger must ensure the project is completed within the stated period.
He quizzed the project consultants on why workers were not on site since the needed funds have been provided.
“I was here in September 2019 and came here again about a year ago when the project was said to be at 95% completion stage but I am disappointed to be here today and see the project at the same level and without workers on site .

“Take it or leave it, this project must be completed within the next 30 days for commissioning by President Muhammadu Buhari

“The client (NILDS) , said it to your hearing here that is not indebted to you. So why the delay? Please use the 30 days window given to you now, to get the project completed “, he said.

He however directed the contractor to table their financial difficulties on the project to governing council of NILDS in the first week of May for expeditious solution.
But one of the project consultants, Architect Zingart Gonwalk said fluctuations in exchange rate within the last three years, resulted in outstanding balance of N7.5billion to be paid to Julius Berger.

The Director General of NILDS, Professor Abubakar Sulaiman told officials of Julius
Berger in the presence of the Speaker, that the Institute is not owing the construction firm even as N2.5billion is provided for in the 2023 budget for completion of the project.

“This project has come a long way and should be delivered for the required usage within the stated period by the Speaker .

“The most important thing to be done between now and then, is for all the offices and lecture rooms to be furnished preparatory to the commissioning “, he said.
The Project earlier billed for commissioning in May 2019 , is located in Piwoyi District along the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport road on 8.12 hectares (81,200m2) of land, Plot 307 Cadastral zone.
The ultra-modern infrastructure when fully completed and commissioned, will enable the Institute, carry out its mandate of building capacity among legislators at the national and regional levels and foster collaboration with other organisations and international institutions.
It will most importantly, enable students and lecturers in the Institute, have very conducive environment for teaching and learning.

By admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *