A Critical Literature Review on the Factors Causing Delays, Failures and Abandonments of Construction Infrastructure Projects


  • Abdulhaqq Onoruoyiza Muhammed Department of Project Management Technology, Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State – Nigeria
  • Henry Anda Yakubu Department of Project Management Technology, Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State – Nigeria
  • Mercy Enotse Aboh Department of Project Management Technology, Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State – Nigeria
  • Adam Abubakar Adam Abubakar Department of Project Management Technology, Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State – Nigeria
  • Abdulsamad Adinoyi Muhammed Department of Economics, University of Abuja – Nigeria


Delays, Failures, Abandonments, Construction Infrastructure Project, Literature Review


Globally, construction infrastructural projects are on-going on daily basis as their relevance to human existence cannot be over emphasized. However, the construction projects encounters several challenges that led to their delays, failures and abandonments which subsequently affected their level of completion and overall output in Nigeria and globally. This study shows the review of literature in the field of Project and Construction Management with focus on the aforementioned factors between 2016 and 2021. Findings from this study indicated that, quite a large number of infrastructural projects are affected by these factors in the past and are still largely prevalent throughout the Project Life Cycle (PLC) and further posited that in every project, these factors plays a major role which can act as either a bridge or barrier to infrastructural project delivery. The study recommends that for projects to be completed on time, cost and scope, project failure factors have to be put into consideration throughout the PLC with reasonably sufficient time dedicated to their analysis and acquiring sufficient knowledge of these failure, delay and project abandonment triggering factors before embarking on a choosing infrastructure project.


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