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Mr. Babatunde Fashola, minister of Power, Works and Housing

FG to pay states for verified road projects – Fashola

Mr. Babatunde Fashola
Mr. Babatunde Fashola
Following recent calls by state governors for the Federal Government to review its policy towards its own roads rehabilitated by the various states, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Tuesday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari had established an inter-ministerial committee to verify claims by state governments of money spent on federal roads.
He stated that the Federal Government would reimburse state governments once their claims were verified.
According to him, the Federal Government has commenced the verification of all federal roads constructed by the Kwara State Government for possible reimbursement.
He spoke when he paid a courtesy call on the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, in Ilorin.
Fashola who said the Federal Government had identified Jebba-Ilorin Road as one of the most strategic economic corridors in Nigeria that required urgent attention, added that the Federal Government was making efforts to restore normalcy to the road in view of its strategic importance.
Ahmed called for more support from the Federal Government in the area of infrastructural development, especially federal roads in the state.
He added that the intervention of the Federal Government on federal roads would ensure cost savings for the state government in addressing other projects left untouched.
Ahmed pleaded with the Federal Government to hasten work on Ilorin-Ogbomosho-Oyo-Ibadan road as well as Jebba-Ilorin road to ease the movement of people and goods from the North to the South-West.
He said, “The issues of road and energy are very germane to our growth and development.”
The governor said the state government was ready to allocate land in the urban and other developing areas for the development of the Federal Government housing scheme.

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