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Senate Approves Over N148b For Refunding States




A request by the President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to refund N148,141,969,161.24 to Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo State Governments for projects which were carried out on  behalf of the Federal Government, has been approved by the Senate.

The approval was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debts Chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP – Edo Central).

In the presentation, most of the Federal highways in the beneficiary states where said projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.”

According to him, “series of visits were carried out by the Federal Ministry it Works and Housing on all Federal Roads completed by the States and ascertained that the quality off work done met the required standard.”

The lawmaker further said states like Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo States had begun the projects since 2005 till date.

He said although the state governments had completed all projects, as well as paid all contractors, the Federal Bureau of Procurement on its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.


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