Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Works and Housing, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has asked state governors not to fix federal roads in their states if they would eventually demand for refund.
He noted that Buhari is angry over the huge amounts usually given by state governors after repairing federal roads in their states.
Fashola stated this on Tuesday when he appeared before the House of Representatives Ad Hoc Committee on Abandoned Federal Government Projects (Works) from 1999 till date.
“The states submitted a bill of almost a trillion naira when President Buhari was elected. He asked us to work out what was their entitlement and all of that.
“Ultimately, the BPP (the Bureau of Public Procurement) certified about N44bn – I don’t remember the exact amount now – except for two states; I think Cross River and…there’s another state. They didn’t have the documents at the time, which we have sent back to the President. But the decision to pay those inherited debts, including the ones I contracted as Governor of Lagos, was with the caveat that I should tell the governors to leave his roads alone. Those were the directives; I was not the one that took the decision.
Fashola quoted Buhari to have said; “Tell them not to fix my roads again if they’re going to claim compensation. If you want to fix it and not ask for compensation, send me what you want to do. But if you want compensation, go and mind your business while I mind my business because I have inherited enough debts!”
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