FG Approves 148bn Road Repair Refund to Five States

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SWITZERLAND, JUNE 03 – The Federal Government has approved a refund totaling N148,141,987,161.25 to five states being funds expended on federal road projects.

This was disclosed to State House Correspondents after the virtual council meeting on Wednesday by Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. He said the memo for the refund was presented by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fasola.

According to Mohammed, the virtual FEC, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, considered claims of the five beneficiary states in the approved memo. They were Cross River, Ondo, Osun, Bayelsa and Rivers.

The benefiting states and their refunds are as follows: 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.

He, however, reiterated that the Council had warned that there would be no more of such refunds in future should any state government venture into projects without federal government’s approval.

“You will recall that in 2016, 36 states of the federation sent a very huge bill to the federal government, asking for compensation for money that they have expended on federal roads.

“This prompted Mr. President to set up a committee to verify if the projects were actually completed and constructed in line with the federal government standards.

“The inter-ministerial committee, chaired by the Honorable Minister of Works and Housing committee then recommended that the federal government should refund N550,364,297.31 billion to 31 of the 36 states after being convinced that the projects were completed and there were federal government roads. The claims of five other states Cross River, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Osun failed due to incomplete documentation as assessed by the committee,” he said,

The committee has once again reviewed the new terms of reference to ensure that the claims of the five states are genuine.

Mohammed confirmed the roads and the bridges have been completed and are in good condition and, adding that some of the bridges and roads were built about 10 years ago.

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