- Okays refund of N28bn to Yobe, Kebbi, Taraba
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N43.6 billion for the construction of roads in the five North Eastern States of Adamawa, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe and Yobe.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadia Umar Farouk, who briefed newsmen after the weekly Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa.
She said the memos for the construction and rehabilitation of roads in the terrorized region were presented by her on behalf of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) and approved by the Council.
According to her, 32 kilometers of road was approved to be constructed in Adamawa between Garkida and the fringes of Sambisa Forest at the cost of N6,202,214,413.29; N13,553,902,668.95 is to be used for roads in Borno State.
In Yobe, the Council approved the sum of N12,199,182,845,449 for construction of 54-kolometre road while the Gombe-Bauchi road will gulp the sum of N11,697,355,449.00.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola told newsmen that the Council approved the total sum of N11.16 billion for the reconstruction of the Mushin-NNPC-Ejigbo-Apapa-Oshodi road to be completed in 20 months.
He also disclosed that the Council okayed the refund of various sums of money spent for their intervention on repairs of federal roads in three states.
Those beneficiaries are N18.66 billion for Yobe; N6.7 billion for Kebbi and N2.7 billion for Taraba states.
He stressed that the money refunded to the three states was part of the debts inherited from the previous administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
He added that about N477 billion had in the past been paid to 24 states in the country as refund for their intervention on federal roads before Buhari came into power.
Fashola equally noted that the approval was bi-partisan as most of the states that benefitted from the refund belong to the opposition parties.