Senate To Ensure States Get Paid For Infrastructure Intervention
It is cheery news for Governor Willie Obiano as the Senate assures him of its commitment to ensuring that he is refunded the 43 billion naira spent by Anambra State government on rehabilitation and reconstruction of federal roads in the state.
The Senate Committee on Works, led by Senator Kabiru Gaya also vowed to ensure that other state governors who have done same get their repayment, saying the funds were captured in the 2016 budget which is being executed.
The 8-man committee made the pledge on Tuesday during an inspection visit to the site of some federal infrastructure in the state in southeast Nigeria.
Senator Gaya doused Governor Obiano’s concerns on the Second Niger Bridge Project in which the chairman blamed the delay in execution on the contractors.
He also commended the Governor for the good condition of roads and the beautification of the state, giving assurance of hope for the Enugu-Onitsha expressway rehabilitation.
Gaya noted that the major priority of the present administration was to ensure good network of roads among states and zones for effective movement and socio-economic development.
In his response, Obiano commended the lawmakers for the visit, especially for raising hopes on the refund of the money owed the state.
He appealed to the committee and the Federal Government for consideration of more federal roads like the Umueze Anam- Kogi road and Nnewi-Okigwe road among others, to boost economic and social development in the state.