Wednesday, 15 November 2017


|Kelvin Ezor| 14 November, 2017

It is a known fact in Nigeria, that projects are often awarded to politician's acolytes and political allies. Be it as it may, political actors awarding these contracts often, in like manner, demand for a kick-back percent before contracting public projects out and vice versa.

The aftermath of this, results in substandard execution of projects across the length and breadth of the country, with government being hapless in effectively monitoring.

Consequently, projects are thus, executed haphazardly, while kickback percents are being fulfilled at the detriment of public usage.
Most of these age long politicized projects in Nigeria amongst others include road, which has continue to suffer most in execution.

Case studies of roads awarded since 1999 - 2017 reveals that, these roads suffers quality construction, hence, substandard materials are used and, in some cases, the roads are executed haphazardly.
According to experts on road construction, it is revealed that a good quality road constructed should be able to last for a maximum of 25 years before it can start to break or have potholes. However, this is not always the case with Nigerian roads. It doesn't even last for a year!

Among the roads awarded in the year under review, Calabar- Itu, Calabar- Ikom-Ogoja-Kastina ala, Ugep-Itigidi-Abaomege, Onitsha-Enugu-Owerri-Aba-Portharcourt, federal roads have continue to remain a nightmare to travelers.

Last time I passed through that Calabar-Itu road, I regretted the much advertised billions of naira expended on that same road in the wake of the present APC administration. Though, last year December, I'd commended the Federal government for rehabilitating the Calabar-Itu federal road but am amazed at how we award contracts to contractors who aren't qualified and who resort to using substandard materials. Albeit, our monitoring and evaluation processes of our governments at all level is at its ebb. I charge governments to forget about asking contractors for a kick-back percent so that they can effectively monitor contracts execution. This is my humble submission.

My worries is the milking of our treasury in this guise of awarding contracts without proper monitoring.

Kelvin Ezor is a Social Commentator.
Writes from Calabar.