Causes of Abandonment of Projects in Nigeria and Avoidance Strategies (from the Perspective of the Consultant)

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The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers
(A Division of The Nigerian Society of Engineers)
3 – Day National Workshop on Strategies for Avoiding Abandoned Projects in Nigeria
21st - 23rd October 2003

- By Engr. N C Okide

1.0 Introduction

Abandonment of projects has become a national menace in Nigeria’s infrastructural development. The purpose of this paper is to look at the causes for such abandonment and to discuss avoidance strategies from the perspective of the consultant.

Projects are usually abandoned in Nigeria due to one or a combination of the following causes: -

1. Improper project/contract
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The project manager then appoints other members of the design team. However, in practice, there could be other variants or forms of engagement where the client appoints each member of the design team but nominates one the parties to act as the project manager for co-ordination and control purposes. In either type of engagement, the coordination of the design team and the monitoring of progress are ultimately the responsibility of the project manager. It is essential that suitable fees are agreed and paid, as and when due, to the project manager/consultants otherwise this could lead to sharp practices that might result in project abandonment in the future.

The selection of inadequate or inexperienced project manager and consultants on a project could lead to the later abandonment of that project.

2.2 Project Organisation and Procedures

The project manager must at inception prepare a project organisation chart, detailing roles and responsibilities of all the project team members as well as the names of organisations involved for the project delivery.

The project or contract management procedures to be adopted for a successful completion of the project are as follows: -

2.2.1 Procurement

Describe for the whole project or part of the project the proposed or agreed procurement approach, including: -

 Method of appointment of

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