The Senate on Tuesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a refund of N148,141,969,161.24 to Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo States Governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.
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).
Ordia, in his presentation, stated that most of the federal highways in the beneficiary states “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 however noted that states like Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo States embarked on the highway projects execution as far back as 2005 to date.
He added that while the State Governments have completed all projects as well as paid all contractors, the Federal Bureau of Procurement on its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.