Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has assured State Governors that the Federal Government through the support of the Senate will refund the N556 billion it (State Govt) spent in rehabilitating Federal Roads across the country.
Saraki made the pledge at Nkalagu, Ishiellu Local Government Area of Ebonyi during a thanksgiving held by Senator Obinna Ogba (PDP-Ebonyi Central) on Sunday.
According to him, rehabilitating federal roads in their states was a huge sacrifice from state governors for the development of the country.
“The state governments need to be encouraged to get the refunds because if this is not done, they will be discouraged to do more. The senate would definitely support them on this issue as it is for the peoples’ good.
“It will be under the condition for Ebonyi that the funds would be used to develop Nkalagu where the agreement of our assistance was reached. State governments are owed a total of N556 billion by the Federal Government on rehabilitated roads; we seek a law that makes it mandatory to refund states whenever such projects are executed.
“We would even accept the refund of initial 50 per cent of the funds with negotiations on the balance as the federal roads are used by citizens of the various states,” he said.
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