Inflation: Stakeholders Urge Review Of Construction Contract Templates

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Federation of Construction Industry (FOCI) has asked the federal government to conduct a comprehensive review of existing contract templates and procurement guidelines to incorporate flexible provisions for addressing inflationary impacts on materials costs.
The federation lamented the exorbitant inflation of construction materials, including cement, steel, gravel, and asphalt, which has significantly escalated project costs, rendering them financially unfeasible for both public and private stakeholders.
Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja, FOCI president, Chief Vincent Barrah, said the skyrocketing prices of diesel, a critical fuel source for construction machinery and vehicles, have further compounded the financial burden on companies, exacerbating their already precarious financial situation.
He said the current exchange rate has doubled the cost of spare parts and further reduced the investment opportunity to expand or replace current machineries.
“As the backbone of infrastructure development in Nigeria, the construction industry plays a pivotal role in driving economic growth, creating employment opportunities, and enhancing the quality of life for our citizens.
“However, the current economic climate characterized by soaring inflation rates has unleashed a cascade of adverse effects on our operations, pushing many companies to the brink of collapse,” he said.
Barrah said the consequences of these inflationary pressures are manifold and deeply concerning. Construction projects are experiencing unprecedented delays and disruptions, as companies struggle to procure essential materials within budgetary constraints.
He further said, the adverse effects extend beyond the construction sector, permeating the broader economy and impeding Nigeria’s overall development trajectory.
He said the infrastructure projects vital for transportation, housing, energy, and water supply are being hampered, hindering progress towards national development goals and impeding efforts to improve the standard of living for all Nigerians.
He stated that the variation of prices provision, which is intended to cater for fluctuations in material costs during the execution of projects, has proven to be grossly inadequate in the face of the current inflationary environment.
Barrah said the predetermined price adjustments stipulated in contracts are no longer sufficient to offset the substantial increases in material prices, leaving contractors with no recourse but to absorb the additional costs or seek renegotiation of contracts, both of which pose significant challenges and implications for project delivery.
He said the delays and uncertainties arising from the need to renegotiate contracts to accommodate inflationary pressures contribute to project disruptions, undermine investor confidence, and erode trust in the government’s ability to effectively manage infrastructure development initiatives.
While demanding review of existing contract templates, Barrah also asked for strengthening monitoring and reporting mechanisms to track changes in material prices and assess their impact on project costs in real-time.



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