By Sanni Onogu, Abuja
Five states — Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo – are to get a refund of N148.141 billion being what they spent on reconstructing Federal Government roads.
The amount was approved by Senate on Tuesday after considering a report by its Committee on Local and Foreign Debts.
The committee Chairman, Clifford Ordia, had while presenting the report, stated that most federal roads in the five states ”were in deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.”
”A series of visits were carried out by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing on all federal roads completed by the states and ascertained that the quality off work done met the required standard,” he said.
The lawmaker added that the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) certified that due process was followed by the states in the award of the contracts.
He disclosed that Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo states embarked on the highway projects as far back as 2005.
The Senate has also confirmed the nomination of Benedict Umeano (Anambra – South East); Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma (Edo – South South); and Olayinka Balogun (Ogun – South West) as members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
The confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, led by Senator Patrick Akinyelure.
Also yesterday, the Senate referred President Muhammadu Buhari’s request seeking the confirmation of nominees to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Tribunal to its Committee on Trade and Investment.
The nominees include Sadatu Shafi (Chairman), George Mbonu,. Thomas Okosun, Umar Duhu, Ibrahim El-Yakubu, Sola Salako Ajulo and Kenneth Gyado.