By Yakubu Salisu, Kano
Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), has decried spate of abandoned projects by governments at all level across the country especially, infrastructural projects intended to provide new products and essential services such as; health, education and portable drinking water.
This was contained in a press statement made available to news men on Thursday in Kano during a press conference at the Centre’s head office.
According to Senior Program Officer, Isah Garba (CITAD), many projects intended for human development have fallen in the trap of been abandoned by either the initiators of the projects or by their successors, either for lack of political will or corruptions related activities.
This trend according to him, poses serious challenges to the development of the country and economic growth and to the detriment of the common citizens.
He said as part of efforts to reduce the number of abandoned projects in the country, CITAD with support from MacArthur Foundation has been tracking and following up abandoned projects in Nigeria so as to draw the attention of stakeholders to such projects and also advocate for completion.
Garba revealed that in order to get information about some public abandoned projects across the country, CITAD initiated abandoned projects reporting competition.
“ we have introduced an essay competition where participants source abandoned projects in their communities or anywhere and make comprehensive report on the projects.
This include, location, awarding agency, the contracting company where available level of the projects and period within which the project was abandoned”.
During the conference, Surraya Jamilu from Yobe State University, Aisha Inuwa Idris from School of Health Technology and Idris Nuhu Gaya from University of Ibadan emerged winners for the abandoned projects essay competition and received cash gift as encouragement.
Also, Layusa Jafar Ahmad (NOUN) Lagos, Ruqayya Ibrahim FCE Gumel and Abdullahi Sulaiman Sani from Bauchi state University emerged winners of innovative ideas from students of tertiary institutions on how to tackle corruption in Nigeria.
He revealed that the topic for the month of May was “ How to tackle corruption in the judiciary”.