As at present, the Nigerian Federal Government owes road contractors to the tune of N336 billion.
That was announced by the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during the last weekend.
According to the Minister in an interview with Arise Television, while narrating various problems being faced in the, only N27 billion has been paid out of the debt on the FG ‘s account to the contractors owing while more certificates are still coming in for certain contracts which are still paying.
He said, “Our debts as of the end of July, our outstanding and unpaid certificates, for example, were in the area of N336 billion. Now, the release we have from the ministry of finance for the second quarter is N27 billion. Then we have the Sukuk N162 billion. So, if you add that up, we are still way behind and more certificates are piling up for work that we haven’t paid.”
Fashola added, “When you divide N162 billion by 44 roads, what is left? That defines where we are in terms of the funding challenge.”
“At this moment, for example, FERMA is going to undertake 192 road repairs and maintenance over the next 12 months. They just sent me the implementation plan on Friday last week and they are good to go.” questions
Meanwhile, Lagos State’s former governor, Fashola, has disclosed why he would turn down 17 honorary degrees from different universities across the country.
Fashola in the statement tagged ‘Fashola Charges Universities On Preparation Of Young People For Leadership’, during a courtesy visit by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, said he stopped the award of honorary degrees in the Lagos State University for the benefit of the rising generation.