Fed secretariats in Anambra, Bayelsa, others ready soon

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ON-GOING federal secretariats complex projects in Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun and Zamfara States will be ready for commissioning next year.

  This is because Federal Government has given priority to completion of the projects in the 2020 Budget estimate.

  Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, stated this yesterday while fielding questions from National Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriations to defend his Ministry’s 2020 Budget.

  According to Fashola, government also plans to install solar panels as alternative source of energy at the ministry’s headquarters, Abuja, adding that it intends to fulfill all Nigeria’s financial obligations to Shelter Afrique for the construction of affordable housing.

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  “All these are in the priority list that includes provision of infrastructure by building access roads, drainage for erosion control for social housing schemes in Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Enugu, Kwara and Osun States, and settlement of liabilities incurred under the Special Projects Unit, which caters for project under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

That is apart from completion of on-going projects for construction of federal secretariat complex in the six states of Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe, Nassarawa, Osun and Zamfara before year 2020 ends,” Fashola said.

  Charging members of the committee to encourage their constituencies to form cooperative groups through which land could be acquired from states to access credit and build genuine houses of choice, Fashola also faulted the practice of measuring budget performance by funds expended on projects but not on the actual work done.

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  According to him, the projects were carried out on priority bases most times for which the fund made available might not be enough to carry out all the projects needed by Nigerians.

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