FG cancels refund for federal roads after approving N148bn to 5 states – Daily Trust

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has cancelled refunds for federal roads constructed by state governments across the country.

6/3/2020 11:52:00 PM

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has cancelled refunds for federal roads constructed by state governments across the country. Read more:

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has cancelled refunds for federal roads constructed by state governments across the country.

Mohammed said over N500 billion had earlier been paid to 31 states.He said, “You will recall that in 2016, 36 states of the federation sent a very huge bill to the federal government, asking for compensation for money that they have expended on federal roads. This prompted Mr President to set up a committee to go and verify the claims of these 36 states, whether indeed these projects were actually constructed and completed in line with the federal government standards.

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“At the end of that exercise by an inter-ministerial committee, chaired by the honorable minister of works and housing but also had ministers of education, transportation, finance, minister of state for works, DG BPP and permanent secretary cabinet office as members.

“At the end of that exercise, the committee recommended that the federal government should refund N550,364,297.31 billion to 31 of the 36 states, after they were convinced that, yes indeed, the projects were completed and there were federal government roads. But the claims of five other states Cross River, Rivers, Ondo, Bayelsa and Osun failed on the grounds that they did not do proper documentation and the committee felt they needed proper documentation.

Mohammed said the committees confirmed the roads and the bridges built about 10 years ago were not only completed but also in substantially good form.He said, “There is a caveat, the federal government will pay the states, however, henceforth, if any state takes on federal government road, it will not be paid, they will not get any refund. Even if you want to pay from your own pocket, you will still need the permission of the federal government and it will be supervised by the federal ministry of works and housing.”

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