Reps revoke abandoned contracts in Maritime Academy

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The House of Representatives Committee on Maritime Safety, Education and Administration, at the weekend, ordered for the revocation of all contracts which are yet to be completed at the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron, Akwa Ibom State.

The committee also gave the contractors a 30 days ultimatum to vacate the sites.

The committee revealed that more than 6000 petitions from the Maritime  Academy were currently before the committee.

Disclosing this over the weekend during its oversight visit to the academy, the Chairman of the committee, Hon. Mohammed Umaru Bago, urged the management of the academy to pay all outstanding debts to contractors, and asked that contractors should be asked to return to site, failure to do so after 30 days, such contract should be revoked.

Bago said, “I will encourage you to call all contractors of abandoned projects for an interaction. Pay all outstanding debts to contractors and ask them to return to site. Any contractor that refuses to return to site after 30 days, revoke such contract.

“Then, any work that is done without drawing, delegate your works department to get drawings on such jobs so that they can be maintained and refurbished, because some of the buildings that you have cannot be used.

“When I went to NIMASA, I told them that if I receive any petition from anybody, I will come to the agency and announce the name of the petitioner. The same thing will apply here. If anybody writes a petition here, I will come and call the person to come and defend his or her petition.

“I have more than 6000 petitions from this academy alone on my desk. And most of the petitions are unfounded. I don’t have time for your petitions, people must change.”

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