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SOMMEDI - Delay in Installation Hinders Use of Mineral Processing Equipment Supplied

SOMMEDI is a research and development institute under National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), an agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology. The institute was commissioned on 27th May, 2019. SOMMEDI was established amongst other things to provide capacity building and enhancement, skill acquisition, research and development in the area of solid minerals development and processing, solid minerals machinery and equipment design, development and production.

Coastal Erosion Threatens Livelihood of Three Communities in Bayelsa State

The contract was for the Shore Erosion Control Works at Akipelai, Ayakoro and Otuoke towns in Bayelsa State. The shore erosion control project was awarded at a contract sum of ₦7.5 billion with 14 months completion period. According to the 2017 Audit Report of the Federation, a payment of ₦4.2 billion was made in 2015 representing 56.61% of the contract sum that had been paid to the contractor.

Irregularities Mar Construction of Classrooms Block at Lapai, Niger State

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) – a federal government agency that governs and operates Ports in Nigeria embarked on various Corporate Social Responsibility projects across the country between 2013 and 2015. Review of 2017 Audit Report of the Federation showed the primary goal of the corporate social responsibility of the agency may have been shortchanged as most of the projects highlighted in the 2017 Audit Report were marred with various abuses and acts of corruption.

Lack of Access to Potable Water Threatens Livelihood in Delta Community

Analysis of 2017 Audit Report of the Federation revealed the contract for water supply and distribution network was awarded to a company in the sum of ₦81.6 million inclusive of 5 % VAT and 5% WHT vide award letter dated 1st November 2010, Ref No: FUPRE/REG/CONTRACTS /VOL.2/149 with a completion period of 6 Months. The Governing Council of Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) terminated the contract on the ground of non-performance, after the job had reached 90% completion and a sum of ₦78.8 million had been paid to the contractor.

Impact of the Abandoned Kaa-Ataba Road and Bridge Project on the Socio-Economic Life of the KHANA/ANDONI Communities in Rivers State

The main objective of this brief is to assess or determine the impacts of abandoned road construction projects in Nigeria using Kaa-Ataba road and Bridges in Khana and Andoni local government area in Rivers State as case study. Infrastructural development projects is known to be the primary and focal point on which the progress of any country rests. It is viewed as an instrument for the measurement of growth and development of a Nation.

Contract for the Construction of Isieke – Ajatah Road in Umuahia North LGA, Abia State Awarded by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) Partially Executed

According to Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) NDDC Beneficial ownership analysis report, it was revealed that NDDC has accrued over N2 trillion as budget allocation and revenues from both federal government, oil and gas companies and other statutory sources after about 18 years of its establishment (2000 – 2018). Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) also reported that NDDC has spent over N2.16 trillion on the implementation of over 9313 projects across 9 states.

Corruption and Funding as Impediments to the Completion of Niger Delta Regional Hospital (Cardiovascular) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State

Due to systemic issues, coupled with the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of vulnerable Nigerians do not have access to quality health care reducing the quality of life and their ability to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Despite a 2001 declaration by African heads of State known as the Abuja Declaration to allocate at least 15% of their national budgets to health care, successive Nigerian governments since then have consistently allocated under 10% of their annual budgets to the health sector 4.75% in 2019, 8.4% in 2020 and 4.4% in 2021 even with the  emanation of Covid-19 pandemic. Good health is a need for all and the choice of a particular healthcare system respond to the laws of demand and supply, the demand for health care facilities in all its forms is only possible when there is fully funded and access to healthcare services and in turn its effective utilization by citizens.

Contract of the Construction of Faculty of Clinical Sciences Phase 1 (lot1 1) in University of Abuja executed with Irregularities.

Contract for the construction of faculty of clinical science phase 1 (LOT 1) in University of Abuja executed with irregularities revealed N50.3m price variation on a nonfluctuating contract. This which resulted from circumvention of the approved threshold for the University Tenders Board and have led to loss of public funds and not getting value for money paid for the contract by the government and students who are the primary beneficiaries of the contract.

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