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Gombe State Approves Conversion of Abandoned Structure To University Campus

Gombe State Approves Conversion of Abandoned Structure To University Campus

The Gombe State Executive Council has approved a revised contract for the completion of the abandoned College of Nursing and Midwifery, Dukku, which is to be converted into a campus of the State University.

The conversion is said to be prompted by the fact that the structure did not meet the criteria of a school, because it did not have the backing of a law establishing it, with no management and staff employed.

After the State Executive Council Meeting, the Commissioner overseeing the Ministry of Information, Mr. Meshach Audu Lauco, said the previous government awarded the contract in 2013 with about 91% of the contract sum paid but not completed.

Mr. Lauco said because the construction was not completed, the administration of Governor Muhammadu Yahaya reviewed it and decided to complete it and put it to good use, by converting it to a campus of the Gombe State University.

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He said that the contract would be completed within 16 weeks and used by the Gombe State University, as a campus.

Highlighting details of the contract, the Commissioner of Housing and Urban Development, Mr. Idris Abdullahi, said the initial contract sum was N2, 442, 895, 777, 86 kobo.

Mr. Abdullahi said when the decision for the completion of the project was taken, it discovered there were two CVs of 101 million naira that had not been paid and the governor directed the Ministry of housing to pay it.

He said afterwards, the contractor, authorities of the university and the ministry began mobilizing for the restarting of the project, by first asking for the bill of completion.

According to him, because of the time difference and cost of materials then and now, the contractor brought a bill of 885 million, 878 thousand, 841 naira 80 kobo, which the ministry analyzed and made savings of 18, 560, 439. 18.

He said when completed, the reviewed contract would be 3, 280, 214, 180. 48. He said by December when 16 weeks project would have been completed, the structure would be used by the Gombe State University.

The Gombe State Commissioner of Housing said the government was expected to pay the sum of 1, 339, 202, 223.72 for the completion of the project.

Gombe State Approves Conversion of Abandoned Structure To University Campus

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