Travelling across the length and breadth of Nigeria, you would notice that it is dotted with abandoned projects from roads, bridges to factories. A member of the House of Representatives, Dr. Abbas Tajudeen representing Zaria Constituency said that over 5 trillion naira has been spent on these abandoned projects nationwide. According to the Founder of African Diaspora Research in South Africa, Professor Kole Omotoso, over 11,000 unfinished federal projects have been scattered across the country in the past 40 years. Both Abass and Omotoso are of the opinion that the neglect of the projects have been caused largely by policy inconsistencies and massive corruption. The Ajaokuta Steel industry is a clear example with a completion date of 1986, yet never saw the light of the day after the government of Nigeria had invested about $5 billion on the project, which was estimated to cost $650 million.
The federal government is not alone in the abandonment of projects. For first time visitors to the city of Port Harcourt, there is a massive Mall around the GRA axis that was abandoned in 2008, the project was supposed to have birthed the first shopping mall in the city. The Mall project was initiated by the former Governor of Rivers State, Celestine Omehia. In an interview with the former Governor, he threw more light on the state of the project.
During your tenure, you sited a project at the GRA junction, that project has been abandoned, a very nice project, why is it not completed and functional?
“It is still a very nice project, it would soon be completed.”
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