The Senate on Tuesday approved the request of President Muhammadu Buhari’, seeking a refund of N 148 ,141 , 969 ,161 .24 to Ondo , Osun , Rivers , Bayelsa , and Cross River states 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 led by Senator Clifford Ordia.
Ordia in his presentation stated that 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 Ordia, “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.