By Chris Onuoha
A PROPOSED expansive ultramodern mammy market at the Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre NAFRC, Oshodi, Lagos, is far from becoming a reality after the ground breaking ceremony of the multi billion naira market project that took place since 2015, as work could not continue after certain level of perimeter fence work done.
The gigantic unity market which is located at the Ladipo axis gate of the resettlement centre, was initiated under Public -Private- Partnership (PPP) agreement between a financier developer, Amas Works and Global Service Limited and Nigerian Armed Forces Resettlement Centre. But the project has since become comatose as the contractors have abandoned site without any sign of returning soon.
A source told Vanguard Homes & Property that workers at the site were asked to stop work and vacate the project site without prior notice, adding that workers who were met at the site during a visit of the Resettlement officials were manhandled. A visit to the site by our correspondent revealed that no visible construction activity is going on currently.
Commenting on the issue, chief executive officer of Amas Works and Global limited, Abdulmalik Salawu, disclosed that NAFRC officials forcefully stopped the project contrary to the agreed terms.
According to Salawu “It is sad to say that the contract was injudiciously halted by NAFRC officials, under the command of the former commandant, AVM M. Morgan (retd) and his assistant Lt. Colonel S. D. Aliu also retired for what I could term breach of contract, after the necessary agreements were reached, signed and sealed”.
He also noted that after the original agreement with huge financial commitments from his company was duly signed and work commenced at site, NAFRC officials in a swift manner made another unofficial out of contract financial demand which he declined, hence, the stoppage of work at the site.
“As they were furthering the cause of their interest by demanding for money that was not within the original context of the agreement, which was not forthcoming on time, they used other military might to stop the said contract illegally, thereby manhandling and detaining myself and the workers on site within the resettlement which I find dehumanizing and uncalled for. I eventually took them to court and the case is on-going”, Salawu stated.
Reacting to the allegation by Amas CEO, chief consultant to NAFRC investment arm, Dr. Ikechukwu Njoku, said “It is obviously true that work has stopped at the site for now due to court injunction concerning the matter. The matter is in Lagos High Court, Igbosere. I would not say much until the case is determined. Thank you”.