Colossal Waste! Former First Lady Pet Project turned into farm land


It is so sad that in Nigeria, people pursue projects, not because they are passionate about the cause they intend to promote, but because they want to follow existing trends. This is particularly so within government circles.

Leaders, whether those elected, appointed or by default installed into office, hardly emphasize continuity, even when it is still a candidate from their party that succeeds them. Little wonder why we have scattered all across the country, abandoned projects, amounting to avoidable colossal waste.

A recent example of such projects or causes is the Former first lady, Hajia Turia Yar’Adua’s Cancer Centre. For the wife of the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua to accomplish this feat, she had secured a deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in 2009 and then raised billions of naira in cash and materials from public and private sector donors to establish the ICCA in Abuja.

However, despite the multi-billion naira put into the project, it not only lies fallow, the site, a 7.3 hectares space donated by the Federal Government has been converted into a farm yard for beans.

More so, after eight years of abandonment, what is left of the supposedly state of the art equipment and vehicles acquired for the international centre are ruins.

When are we going to get out of this rut?