The Federal Government of Nigeria has given its approval for completion of work on five federal secretariats in some parts of the country.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola disclosed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari stated that a total sum of 3.9 billion naira has beeen allocated for the project
Fashola also explained the purpose and how the secretariats were created to enable federal workers to have a visible official presence in various states. He stated that when the project is completed, the secretariats would provide office accommodation for federal civil servants working in the affected States.
According to him, “What we have is a memo on the public housing side of our ministry. We applied to Council to revise the estimates and total cost of files of 16 contracts because the cost of materials had altered significantly since 2011 when these projects started and we want to complete them and these are the federal secretariat projects in Anambra, Bayelsa, Nasarawa, Osun and Zamfara states.
“These secretariats are necessary to enable us to house federal workers in these states. The problem arose from the creation of new states, in assets sharing some of the old states took the whole secretariats, so our staff in those states, across all federal ministries, are either in rented official premises for their work or squatting in state government premises.
“Lai Mohammed, minister of information, who also spoke with state correspondents clarified that the council approved N3.9 billion and not N17 billion for the projects.