Urge the Ministry of Defence to ensure contractors perform better

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Defence, Kassim Kazaure, has lamented the poor condition of military barracks in the country, and called for a summit of stakeholders to address it urgently.

The legislator said if the military personnel who are responsible for maintaining peace in the country do not live in conducive environment, they would not function well.

Kazaure, who stated this in a report after his oversight visit to the Ministry of Defence, recommended that the Defence Intelligence Agency school be given top priority so as to meet current challenges, adding that Military Pension Board offices should be opened across the six geo-political zones so as to ease pension problems.

According to him,the Defence Industry Corporation of Nigeria (DICON), has gotten some funds to set up an AK-47 manufacturing unit which would produce arms and bullet proof vests in order to reduce the cost of governance in this area.

He urged the Minister of Defence, Bello Haliru, to ensure that in 2013, contractors who handle projects carelessly would be brought to book so as to serve as deterrent to others

“Some contractors have collected 75 per cent of payment for projects and abandoned them and nothing has been done,” he said. “In 2013, projects which have been paid for and not executed will attract punishment.”

Responding, Haliru pledged to improve the budgetary actions of the ministry. “I have resolved to maximise the use of scarce resources to achieve results,” he said. “We are working hard to reduce waste within our budgetary allocation and we will make sure this is implemented.”

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