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  • Updated: March 08, 2024

Reps: House Committee reveals plan to probe abandoned contracts at Maritime Academy

Reps: House Committee reveals plan to probe abandoned contra

The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education, and Administration has announced plans to investigate contractors who have abandoned projects at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria in Oron, Akwa Ibom. 

Chairperson Khadijah Ibrahim made the disclosure during the committee's visit to the academy in Oron on Thursday as part of its oversight duties. 

Ibrahim affirmed that the committee would thoroughly examine all instances of project abandonment dating back to the establishment of the institution. 

The committee's deputy chairperson, Uduak, represented Ibrahim during the visit.

Ududoh (PDP-Akwa Ibom), Ibrahim said that the committee would soon officially communicate its intention to the institution.

“We will meet as a committee and mandate the Clerk to write the institution because we cannot continue this way.

”Taxpayers' money should be used to provide services for the people. No contractor should abandon projects after being paid. The practice of abandoning projects after receiving money must not be allowed to continue,” he said.

The chairman urged the management of the institution to expose members of staff involved in leakages that had set it backwards.

”Some of them may still be part of the establishment, they must be exposed for the system to move towards,” she said.

Ibrahim expressed worries that the statutory five per cent allocation from NIMASA had not been paid in the past year.

”We shall summon them, every stakeholder should be seen doing their part to make the institution to grow,” he said.

Earlier, the Rector, Commodore Duja Effedua (rtd), said that the academy was in a serious state of decay when he assumed office.

Effedua said that the state of the institution was so bad that the International Maritime Organisation threatened to delist it.

”This was because those vested with the responsibility of running the affairs of the institution were chasing mundane things,” he said. 

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