The N336.3m worth corporate headquarters office building of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) being built by the Paul-B Nigeria Plc under the supervision of the National Sports Commission (NSC) will not be completed till April.
The project was initially earmarked for completion at the end of February but having failed to meet that deadline, contractors handling the project now say it will be ready for handing over at the end of April, 2013 against the February ending deadline.
Project manager of Paul-B Nigeria plc, Engineer Chinedu Oguine disclosed to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS when it visited the site of the project at the Package B of the Abuja National Stadium that failure to meet the deadline was an internal issue as the NSC has played its part. In a widely attended foundation laying ceremony last year, February this year was fixed as completion date.
Contract for the construction of the permanent secretariat for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) was awarded to Paul-B in November, 2011 by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Super Eagles FIFA 2010 World Cup participation at the cost of N336, 321, 111.00 and was expected to be completed within 52 weeks of commencement of work. But work on the project didn't commence until February, 2012 when the construction outfit moved their equipments to site. And since then, the workers have been on site daily to ensure that they meet the February, 2013 target deadline for the project's completion.
When LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS checked at the site of the project, work was on advanced stage but would not be ready for hand over on before the February date. LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS also met an official of the National Sports Commission (NSC) inspecting work done so far.
The NSC official who did not want his name in print assured that the Commission is committed to ensuring that the contracting company completes the project on time so that it can be handed over for use by the federation.
The project manager of Paul-B Nigeria plc, Engineer Chinedu Oguine also promised LEADERSHIP WEEKEND SPORTS that the company is determined to deliver the project on time. He said on completion and because of the quality of work in place, it can be compared to any edifice in the world. He said all that required for early completion of the project has been provided by the National Sports Commission (NSC). "We are very certain that we are going to do our best to finish the work by April.
"We are ready to deliver on time and also do a quality work that can be compared to any one in the world. NSC has been very supportive. So I don't think we will have any problem not to complete the project by April. The only thing that may prevent us from handing over the project by April ending is a force-majeur. That is, unforeseen circumstances like accident, death or natural disaster which we cannot predict."
According to him what had delayed the company from achieving the 52 weeks deadline were little internal hitches that has nothing to do with the NSC or PTF. "We never encountered problems with the NSC, but what seems to be a problem is of course internal. You need to be inside to see those things as problems. For instance, during the raining season, when you are doing casting and rain starts falling, you have to stop the casting. And in construction work any day you lose, you have missed that day forever. These are some of the problems that caused the delay."
It will be recalled that the Presidential Task Force Secretary and Director General of the National Sports Commission (NSC, Chief Patrick Ekeji signed for the PTF during the certificate of contract awarded to Paul-B in November 22, 2011 where it was explained that the PTF after the 2010 World Cup in South submitted a report to President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, requesting for approval to use the balance of the funds in the PTF account to build a befitting headquarters for the Nigeria Football Federation. He said besides the approval, President Jonathan also extended the lifespan of the task force to enable it complete the project.