10 January 2013, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Ecological Fund Office, EFO, in the Presidency has attributed the delay in the completion of ecological projects to the 2012 flood disaster that ravaged some parts of the country.
The EFO’s Deputy Director, Press, Tolu Makinde, said this in Abuja on Thursday. “Actually last year’s flood affected those jobs grossly, especially as some of the project sites had been washed away.
“So the contractors had to suspend the work,” he said. The Federal Government had in 2012 awarded contracts worth N11.5 billion from its share of the Ecological Funds for the control of erosion in the South-East zone.
The 15 contracts covered Abia, Anambra, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo states. Mr. Makinde said the projects, which should have been commissioned in December, 2012, were affected by the floods.
He also said the contractors were not to blame for the delay in the completion of the contracts. He explained that the mode of payment for EFO contracts is in accordance with the amount of work done on the site.
“Let’s be fair to our contractors on this note. The delay in the contract execution is not from them. “Our mode of payment is also in ‘pari passu’ with the amount of work done after the initial 15 per cent mobilisation fund.
“We are hoping that those jobs would be completed before the next rainy season,” he said. Mr. Makinde said that the federal ecological projects are not co-funded. He said the funding is directly from the Federal Government’s share of the Ecological Funds.