Five Nigerian states will get reimbursement of more than one hundred and forty-eight billion naira (N148,141,969,161.24) for highway projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.
This is how the Senate approved on Tuesday, November 24, President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for the return of said sum to the affected states.
Igbere TV brings together the five states to include Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun, and Ondo. The money will be returned to the state government coffers.
The approval was the sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Central Edo).
Ordia in his presentation pointed out that most of the federal highways of the beneficiary states where these projects were carried out “were in a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.”
According to him, “a series of visits were carried out by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing in all the Federal Roads completed by the States and they verified that the quality of the work carried out met the required standard.”
However, the legislator noted that states such as Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo have embarked on the execution of highway projects from 2005 to date.
He added that while state governments have completed all projects and paid all contractors, the Federal Procurement Office for its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.
Source: – Igbere TV