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FG Gives Marching Orders to Contractors on Skills Acquisition Centres


Piqued by the protracted delay in the
completion of the skills acquisition centres in
the Niger Delta region, the federal government
yesterday gave marching orders to the
contractors to avoid further delay, and deliver
the projects or have the contracts terminated.
It particularly handed down deadlines of two
months and six months respectively for the
completion of the centre in Otuoke, Bayelsa
State, the home state of President Goodluck
Jonathan and the one at Ibeno, Akwa Ibom
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Dr. Steve
Oru, who issued the ultimatum yesterday in
Abuja when he met with the contractors and
consultants of the various projects, said they
were summoned to iron out issues in order to
facilitate the completion of the projects for
inauguration this year.
The contractors include Stegis International
Agencies Nigeria Limited, Salem Cat Limited,
Enorasol International Limited, Ogbosite
International Limited, El-Hanen Ventures
Limited, Verity Concept Limited and Y.S.
Associates Limited.
The minister explained that the meeting
became imperative because he was not
satisfied with the quality and pace of the
projects’ execution after he embarked on an
inspection tour with his Minister of State
counterpart, Mr. Darius Dickson Ishaku, last
Oru warned that if the contractors and the
consultants did not live up to expectations,
their contracts would be terminated and re-
awarded to competent companies.
The skills acquisition centres, he said, were
meant to create self-employment and jobs for
the youths from the region in the oil and gas
industry, adding that the federal government
cannot toy with the execution and completion
of the projects.
According to him, if the skills acquisition
centres were completed on time and
inaugurated, more people would be trained
locally contrary to the present situation where
few persons are trained abroad by the federal
government because of the cost implications.
The minister directed the contractors and
consultants to liaise with the Housing and
Urban Development department in his ministry
to harmonise issues for the timely completion
of the projects, assuring that they would be
paid their balance as soon as the jobs were
He also admonished them to fast track the
completion of the centres for the socio-
economic development of the Niger Delta in
particular and the country at large.
In his remarks, Ishaku also expressed
displeasure with the poor quality and pace of
work at the two skills acquisition centres,
blaming the consultants for the unimpressive
work, even as he explained that if the
consultants had done what they were expected
to do, the jobs would have been properly
He said the contractors should not use the
terrain and weather as alibi for not doing
acceptable jobs, and advised that they should
live up to their responsibilities.
The contractors had cited such challenges as
the difficult terrain, weather and delay in
certificate payment for already completed jobs
by the ministry as well as increase in the prices
of building and construction materials
compared with their prices five years ago when
the contracts were awarded, for the delay.
Responding on behalf of the contractors and
consultants, the Chief Executive Officer of Stegis
International Agencies Nigeria Limited, Mr.
Isaac Abakam promised that they would deliver
the projects within the two and six months

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