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Road construction: FG reimburses 143 billion naira to 5 states – Minister



Road construction: FG reimburses 143 billion naira to 5 states – Minister

By Muhammad Lawal

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of State for Public Works and Housing, revealed on Saturday that the federal government had reimbursed 143 billion naira to five states for the construction of federal roads.

Aliyu made the disclosure during a visit to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, at Government House, Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the minister was in Kebbi to verify the level of work being done by the state government on the construction of some federal roads in the state.

“Of the total distance of roads we have across the country, more than 34,000 km are under the jurisdiction of the federal government on which we are currently working over 13,000 km simultaneously with more than 800 contracts currently in progress.

“Previously, some states may find it extremely necessary, due to the urgency, to approach the federal government to seek permission to construct federal highways that are within their states.

“The federal government will give them permission and they will be reimbursed later. Before or around 2016, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) set up a committee to verify and authorize road construction carried out by certain state governments.

“The committee chaired by the Minister of Public Works and Housing, the Hon. Babatunde Raji Fashola was able to clean up and verify 25 states that have built federal government roads in their states. “

He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had given his approval for the payment of 477 billion naira, which was shared among the 25 states respectively, adding that “this is the third set of which Kebbi is part, alongside the States of Yobe and Taraba ”.

The Minister of State said, “As I speak to you, by tomorrow the Hon. The Minister of Public Works and Housing will be in Yobe to check and verify the construction of their road, while the Hon. The Minister of Education will be in Taraba to do similar work.

“This is why I am here with my team today, the secretariat is domiciled in the SGF office and this is why you see me with the permanent secretary, Cabinet Office, to come and check the two routes as you do. ‘asked.

In response, Governor Bagudu appreciated the Minister’s visit, congratulating the current administration for completing one of the legacy roads it inherited: the Sokoto-Tambuwal-Kontagora road.

“This road is one of the most important routes, not only does it connect other states to the Federal Capital Territory, but it is the main gateway to Lagos.

“I remember in 2015 when we arrived before the road was completed, every time we had a meeting of the security council it was a nightmare for the Emir of Yauri, but today he has even looking forward to coming for the meetings.

“This is one of the many unfinished roads inherited by President Buhari’s administration that are either completed or nearing completion. It is very commendable.

“However, the president would not have made it without a great team, for this we also applaud the efforts of the ministry.”

Bagudu observed that apart from the completion of the legacy projects, the current administration had been able to initiate and execute new gigantic projects across the country.

Earlier, state works commissioner Alhaji Abubakar Chika-Ladan told the governor that he drove the visitors during the inspection of the Dabai-Mahuta-Koko road which was built in 2006 at cost 4.8 billion naira as well as Malando- Route Garin Baka-Ngaski of 45 km which engulfed 2.2 billion naira in 2007. (NAN)

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