FG refunds N148bn, bars states from further repairs of federal roads

FG refunds N148bn, bars states from further repairs of federal roads

By Johnbosco Agbakwuru

THE Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday barred states from repairing federal roads of their area. It additionally authorized the sum of  N148,141,987,161.25 to be refunded to 5 state governments, being cash expended on restore of federal roads. which they   spent  to restore federal roads.

The states embody Cross River N18,394,737,608.85; Ondo N7,822,147,577.08; Osun N2,468,938,876.78; Bayelsa N38,040,564, 783.40; and Rivers N78,953,067,518.29.

The memo for the refund was introduced by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on the third digital council assembly, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Briefing State House correspondents on the finish of the assembly, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, mentioned that council put a cease to refunding state governments who may go forward with such initiatives with out the approval of the Federal Government.

Mohammed, who briefed on behalf of the Works and Housing Minister mentioned: “You will recall that in 2016, 36 states of the federation despatched a really big invoice to the Federal Government, asking for compensation for cash that they’ve expended on federal roads.

“This prompted Mr. President to arrange a committee to go and confirm the claims of those 36 states, whether or not, certainly, these initiatives had been truly constructed or accomplished, in keeping with federal  requirements.

“At the top of that train by an inter-ministerial committee, chaired by the Minister of Works and Housing which additionally had Ministers of Education, Transportation, Finance, Minister of State for Works, D-G BPP and Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, as members.

“At the top of that train, the committee advisable that the Federal Government ought to refund N550,364,297.31 billion to 31 of the 36 states, after they had been satisfied that, sure certainly, the initiatives had been accomplished and so they had been federal authorities roads.

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“But the claims of 5 different states, together with Cross River, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Osun, failed on the grounds of improper documentation and so they committee felt they wanted correct documentation.

“So the committee went again with new phrases of reference to make sure that the claims of the 5 states had been so as, that’s the reason the BPP is on the committee.

“So on the finish of the train, the committee now reported that the 5 states – Cross River with 20 roads and one bridge will get a refund of N18,394,737,608.85; Ondo with six roads to get a refund of N7,822,147,577.08, and Osun with two roads and one bridge to get a refund of N2,468,938,876.78.

“Others are Bayelsa with five roads and one bridge, N38,040,564,783.40 and Rivers with three roads and three flyover bridges, N78,953,067,518.29.”

He mentioned the committees confirmed that the roads and the bridges weren’t solely duly accomplished however had been additionally in good type, including that a number of the bridges and roads had been constructed about 10 years in the past.

He additional mentioned: “However, there is a caveat, the Federal Government will pay the states but, henceforth, if any state takes on federal road, it will not be paid, they will not get any refund.”


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