The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, has attributed the kon completion of the famous Gov. Simon Lalong Legacy Projects to ongoing court cases initiated by the major contractor.
In an intercity the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, Majang said the state government would complete the projects before the end of the current administration.
The Lalong Legacy Projects consist of 22 infrastructural projects, which include modern primary and secondary schools, and hospitals located all over the 17 Local government areas of the state but seven years since coming into power, most of the projects have not been completed.
On why the Legacy Projects have not been completed, Manjang explained that a firm, Bleneson Service Nigeria Ltd., the company executing the projects took the state government to court over alleged breach of contract.
“We are not happy that these projects have not been completed; we are really worried.
“But it is not our making, because the Bleneson Service Nigeria Ltd. took the state government to court over the projects.
“And because the case is still in court, we cannot do anything about the projects until the litigation is over and that’s the reason for the delay,” he said.
On why the company sued the state government, Majang said that government revoked the contract when the contractor failed to meet the agreed terms.
“Government brought the company in as a forerunner, but we later discovered that he is a contractor, and so we revoked the contracts.
“So, he took government to court; we won at the lower court but he has approached a higher court.
“But one thing I want to assure the people of Plateau is that Governor Lalong is determined to complete these projects before he leaves office in 2023.
“As I speak to you, we have N15 billion on ground for the completion of the projects as soon the litigation is over.
“More so, most of the projects are currently at 90 per cent completion stage,” he said.
Majang said that the 22 projects were being executed at the cost of N29 billion.