NASS SUMMONS 26 STATES OVER UNPAID EXPENSES INCURRED ON FEDERAL ROADS
Worried by paucity of funds in many states of the federation to carry out developmental projects, the National Assembly has summoned 26 states over the expenses incurred on the federal roads projects executed in their respective states, with a view to ascertaining the facts and figures for a refund. Already, a total sum of N19 billion is being owed Kwara State by the Federal Government on various federal roads executed in the state from 2004 till date, a development that had denied the present administration the means to execute the intended road projects across the state. Among the federal roads worked on by the state include Kisi-Kaima federal road, Kosubosu road, Pada- Patig-Rogun, Apado-Ilorin-Jebba, among others. Vanguard checks revealed that the summon was due to series of petitions sent to the National Assembly on various federal roads rehabilitated by some states of the federation, which are yet to be refunded. Further checks revealed that most of the federal roads embarked upon by the affected states were done during the administrations of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. The meeting, it was learned, was called at the instance of the House Committee on Works so as to assist the committee to verify all claims submitted by the states affected by non-payment of funds incurred on some of the federal roads projects.