The Senate has taken exception to a press release credited to Mr Babatunde Raji Fasola, the Hon. Minister of works that the Nationwide Meeting must be held answerable for the dilapidated state of Federal roads in Benue State, describing it as a “fallacy of the best order”.
The Hon. Minister was quoted to have made the allegation in his workplace in Abuja throughout a courtesy name by retired Generals and ‘different leaders of thought’ from Benue South Senatorial District led by Air Vice Marshal Morgan Monday, who got here to complain in regards to the deplorable state of roads within the senatorial district.
Talking via its Chairman of Media Committee, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the Senate mentioned the Nationwide Meeting cannot and shouldn’t be held answerable for the dilapidated state of roads whether or not in Benue State or any a part of the nation.
The Senate, which mentioned that although it will not wish to have interaction in any pointless altercation with the Minister, nonetheless, acknowledged that it has to talk up as a result of the problem of roads infrastructure is vital and controversial, added that it’s crucial to place all of the information straight in order to disabuse the minds of the unsuspecting public in regards to the acts of the Nationwide Meeting.
“The information are wanted to be set proper in order that the 2 arms of presidency shouldn’t be seen as working at cross functions in the middle of delivering dividends and good governance to electorates”, the Spokesman mentioned.
Placing the information straight, the Senate gave the figures of the 2020 proposal for capital expenditure as 265, 868 037, 093 billion Naira by the Government which the Nationwide Meeting handed. The Government later introduced revised allocation of 256, 734,983,667 billion Naira which we additionally appropriated.
“As we speak, even within the finances proposal for 2021, the Government proposed a capital expenditure of 363, 266, 425, 976 billion Naira”.
The Senate then puzzled the place the Hon. Minister acquired his determine of 600 billion Naira which he mentioned was the determine proposed to the Nationwide Meeting by his ministry and which was allegedly not supported or authorized by the Nationwide Meeting.
The Senate subsequently invitations Nigerians and particularly the Ministers friends from Benue State South Senatorial District to notice that “figures don’t lie”.
The Senate, nonetheless, listed three highway constructions that are ongoing within the Benue South to be Oju-Adum-Uwoku highway at N 91,180 000; Oturko Township highway at N357 200, 000 and Oju/ Loko-Oweto bridge at a price of N357, 200, 000.
On the Minister’s allusion and or allegation to prioritising constituency initiatives over different initiatives, the Senate affirmed that the Hon. Minister was merely calling a pity get together and being sentimental, including, the assertion was made to set the Nationwide Meeting on collision course with the individuals they’re democratically representing.
“It must be emphasised, subsequently, that by no means has allocations particularly meant for different initiatives ever been diverted to constituency initiatives as constituency initiatives are having allocations within the finances”.
The Senate mentioned that execution of the a lot talked about constituency initiatives lies inside the Government Arm of presidency via its numerous ministries, companies and parastatals.