*laments waste of resources on project by previous administration
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has inspected the abandoned multimillion Naira Mega Motor Park along Dukku road to assess the status of the project.
According to a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity), Ismaila Uba Misilli, the project, awarded by the immediate past administration since 2012 at the initial contract sum of 3.2 billion Naira, was said to have gulped almost 2.8 billion billion Naira and attained only 43 per cent completion status before being abandoned.
“By estimation this project is going to cost 6.2 billion and it was started in 2012, it would have lasted for 28 months but because of the lackadaisical attitude of the last administration, they abandoned the project and as it is today, over 3 billion Naira is wasted, unutilised and has caused havoc to the environment.
“So, you hold whoever has decided to put up this structure responsible for whatever happens to us. Until something is done and urgently, it means there will be a double jeopardy for Gombe. We will not have this place and we may not have college of education,” Governor Yahaya said.
He lamented that no environmental impact assessment was carried out before the commencement of the project and the sad development was responsible for the flood ravaging some parts of the Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe situated in the opposite direction of the project site.
“If quick action is not taken in fixing the wrongs done on the project by this administration, the project may have negative effect on Gombe community- first a waste of huge resources on the abandoned project and second the flood may eventually destroy more structures in the neighbouring College of Education and adjourning areas”.
Governor Yahaya further lamented that the huge resources claimed to have been spent so far on the project by the previous administration lacked justification considering the physical structures erected and the incomplete aspects of the abandoned work.
He said a huge debt collected by the previous administration to execute the project is still being deducted yet the facility is not put to use let alone benefit the people of the state through employment opportunities and revenue generation.
Governor Yahaya added that experts’ assessment has shown that the project requires almost additional 4 billion naira before completion.
He directed that the contractor and the consultants of the Gombe Mega Park be summoned, while being guided by all professional development and control; update the government for the correct thing to be done for the structure to be completed.
The Governor said it would not take more than one year for the project to be completed once the government starts work, to exhibit his administration’s seriousness and commitment.
Accompanied by the Secretary to the state Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abubakar Inuwa Kari and other members of the state executive council, the Governor was conducted round by the Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Adamu Kupto.