Commotion And Confusion At The Very Top, As Buhari’s FG ‘Fights’ State Governments

By Post-Nigeria: November 14, 2019 11:42

Commotion And Confusion At The Very Top, As Buhari’s FG ‘Fights’ State Governments

Most bad roads in Nigeria are not the responsibilities of the Federal Government, but those of the States, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has declared.
Minister Ahmed also argued that most of the bad roads in the country belong to the States and not the Federal Government.
The Minister added that the government has released the sum of N650 billion for capital projects, in the 2019 budget, as it works to develop the country through the Ministry of Works and Housing.

According to her, this amount exceeds the N600 billion approved for release as at October 2019, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister, who spoke after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting, added that N250 billion addition would be released by December 2019, to put the total released for capital projects in 2019, at N900 billion.
While reacting to claims by her works colleague, Babatunde Fashola, that road projects were hampered by poor funding, Ahmed said that the Ministry of Works and Housing, headed by the former Lagos State Governor, got the highest allocations.

The Minister recalled how the Federal Government issued some Sukuk bonds, with road projects being the target.
She noted that the majority of bad roads belong to the State Governments.

“Works is always on the priority list; Housing is always funded. Same is transportation and power, though we have revenue challenges.
“It allows me to State that the Minister of Works and Housing has a proposed budget of N247 billion, for the year 2020, and the greatest component of this budget is the fixing of Nigerian roads”, she said.