FACTORS CAUSING DELAYS IN ROAD CONSTRUCTION IN NIGERIA

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Background of the Study

Road sector is an important sector in the economy of any nation due to its impact on the welfare of its citizens and the investment involved. This importance is propounded by the fact that transportation sector has a major role to play in the socio-economic development of a country as it provides access to markets, production, jobs, health, education and other social services. The Nigeria Road construction industry is also a significant contributor to the national economy accounting for 8 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employing more than 1.9 million people by Talukhaba (1999)

Moreover, most of these roads do not have walkways and bicycle-ways, leading to non-segregation of traffic. The existing road network in the city is inadequate to satisfy the city’s densification and expansion. The city has a total of about 1100 kilometres of open lined ditches and 600 kilometres of piped storm water drainage. Lack of regular maintenance and the habit of dumping refuse into the drains has destroyed the proper functioning of the drains. This has been one of the causes for flooding in the city thereby destroying road pavements, bridges and other road furniture.

In construction, the word “delay’’ refers to something happening at a later time than planned, expected, specified in a contract or beyond the date that the parties agreed upon for the delivery of a project (Pickavance, 2005). Lo, Fung and Tung (2006) define delay as the slowing down of work without stopping construction entirely and that can lead to time overrun either beyond the contract date or beyond the date that the parties have agreed upon for the delivery of the project. Syed, Azhar, Castillo and Kappagantula, (2002) classify delays into non-excusable delays, excusable noncompensable delays, excusable compensable delays and concurrent delays. Nonexcusable delays are delays, which the contractor either causes or assumes the risk for. Excusable non-compensable delays are delays caused by factors that are not foreseeable, beyond the contractor’s reasonable control and not attributable to the contractor’s fault or negligence. Compensable excusable delays these are compensable delays are excusable delays, suspensions, or interruptions to all or part of the work caused by an act or failure to act by the owner resulting from owner’s breach of an obligation, stated or implied, in the contract. Concurrent delays occur when both owner and the contractor are responsible for the delay.

Statement of the Problem

The majority of road construction projects in Nigeria do not get completed within the initial set targets of time. Talukhaba (1999) argues that project delay frustrates the process of development, has an immeasurable cost to the society, and also leads to loss of reputation of the parties involved in the concerned projects. Mbatha (1986) and Talukhaba (1988) revealed that time performance of construction projects in Nigeria was poor to the extent that over seventy percent of projects initiated in Nigeria were likely to escalate in time with a magnitude of over fifty percent

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Updated: 8th December 2019 — 12:56 pm

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