Funds spent on FG projects by states should be refunded – Saraki

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on
Sunday said the red chamber would support
for states’ governments agitation for refund of
funds they spent on rehabilitating federal
roads.
Saraki made the pledge at Nkalagu, Ishiellu
Local Government Area of Ebonyi during a
thanksgiving held by Sen. Obinna Ogba (PDP-
Ebonyi Central).
According to him, rehabilitating federal roads
in their states was a huge sacrifice from state
governors for the development of the country.
“The state governments need to be
encouraged to get the refunds because if this
is not done, they will be discouraged to do
more.
“The senate would definitely support them on
this issue as it is for the peoples’ good,” he
said.
“It will be under the condition for Ebonyi that
the funds would be used to develop Nkalagu
where the agreement of our assistance was
reached,” he said.
Saraki said that Ebonyi central constituency
made no mistake in choosing Ogba to
represent, saying that he had distinct
qualities.
The state governor, Dave Umahi, in his remark,
commended the senate for its untiring efforts
and sacrifices for the unity and development
of the country.
“We, however, beg you to intervene in the issue
of refunding the state governments of funds
expended in rehabilitating federal roads in the
country.
“State governments are owed a total of N556
billion by the Federal Government on
rehabilitated roads; we seek a law that makes
it mandatory to refund states whenever such
projects are executed.
“We would even accept the refund of initial 50
per cent of the funds with negotiations on the
balance as the federal roads are used by
citizens of the various states,” he said.
He congratulated Ogba on the occasion and
noted that all current political office holders in
the state achieved success by the special
grace of God.
Ogba, who thanked Saraki and the people,
said that the occasion was unique because it
marked his unprecedented victory over forces
that tried to ‘steal’ the mandate given to him
by God.
“I therefore rededicate myself to the service of
my people, to bring sustainable and people-
oriented development in agriculture,
infrastructure, among others,” he said.
NAN reports that the occasion was marked
with a Holy Mass officiated by Rev. Fr Gerald
Nebo and thanksgiving by the Ogba family.

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