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Commission inspects N230.3m Kebbi NSCDC complex, urges contractor to step up work

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The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on Friday inspected ongoing works on the N230.3 million Administrative Complex of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kebbi, calling on the and contractor to fully remobilize to site to ensure timely completion of the project.

Mrs Maryam Mohammed, the Commission’s Director of Planning, Research and Statistics, who led the verification team, expressed dismay at the non availability of information on the project at the Kebbi Command of NSCDC. Work on the project began in 2018 and consists of 43 offices administrative complex with inbuilt cells, conference hall and armoury. Mrs Mohammed said there should be proper budgetary documentation about the  project which was at about 75 per cent completion stage.

She said information available to the team indicated that the contractor had received N154.7million out of the N230.3 million contract sum for the project. “The project cost is N230.385 million and so far more than N 154 million had been paid, but work is ongoing. ” I expect the command to  have all its documents intact before arrival of the team. “ We are out to conduct a physical verification of projects and in the process ensure that the projects are there on ground, ensure value for money for the Federal Government and see if what was approved in the budget and amounts released are commensurate with the job done.

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“We have requested  for the approved budget from 2018, but that has not been made available as we are told that will be made available to us in their office in Abuja. “Government  would have known the project duration and would have made funds available for the project to be completed. “We are looking at the procurement process to see if it conforms  with due process for procurement, because Section 38 A and B of the Fiscal Responsibility Act empowers the commission to do so. “Government is trying to see that you do not have abandoned projects or project not being funded,” she said.

Sirajo Zauro, the Contractor handling the project, said the level of work was at 80 per cent because the structure was on ground for everyone to see. “It depends on the command to give us the funds ; I believe within one month we can finish it. “We are contractors, when we have money, we can deliver, ” he assured. Earlier, Hassan Muhammad, Deputy Comandant, NSCDC headquarters, said he came in as technical officer and was unaware about the need for budgetary document.

“When we go back to Abuja, we will take the proper document to FRC ; we are not aware that we will present such document to them here in Kebbi,” he said The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the exercise was part of the commission’s  2018 physical verification of selected Federal Government capital projects across the six geo-political zones of the country.

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The commission said  the essence of the exercise was to verify the actual existence of such  projects as well as monitor the progress of work, to ensure that there is value for money released so far. It said  the verification was in tune with the next level agenda of the current administration in the area of prudence, accountability and transparency in the efforts to ensure that projects embarked on met the need of the people. According to the commission, the exercise will also ensure that projects that needed funding in line with completion targets. (NAN).

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