2022 Budget: Reps panel demands extra N500 billion for rehabilitation of Nigerian roads

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The Chairman of the Dwelling of Representatives Committee on Works, Abubakar Kabir (APC, Kano), has described the allocation to the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as “insufficient.”

N450,02 billion is proposed as capital expenditure for the ministry, N15,05 billion for personnel prices, and N16.5 billion for overheads.

The lawmaker, while debating the 2022 appropriation bill on Wednesday, acknowledged about N240 billion was allocated for avenue infrastructure beneath the Ministry of Works and Housing budget “even supposing there are N640 billion eminent certificates to contractors”.

He renowned that if allocation to the ministry of works and housing is never any longer reviewed upward, the federal government is never any longer going to possess funds left after settling eminent obligations.

Mr Kabir disclosed that the federal government will want N7 trillion to bridge the hole within the avenue infrastructure.

“Mr Speaker, I seen something beneath the Federal Ministry of Works, the allocation within the Ministry of Works is insufficient. I realised handiest N280 billion is allocated within the 2022 budget and within the within the period in-between we now possess about N640 billion certificates attributable to contractors.

“So if we note N280 billion against N640 billion for our eminent certificates, that means in 2022 there might be nothing we’re going to look in any avenue infrastructure corresponding to bridges and construction of roads.

“Pointless to instruct the president has achieved very neatly with regards to initiation of SUKUK, NSIA, HDMI, they are doing very neatly. However of direction, we want more funding, a minimum of an extra of N500 billion for enormous construction in avenue infrastructure,” he acknowledged.

Furthermore, the lawmaker acknowledged “roads are littered with the insufficient budgetary provision. To illustrate, the Lagos – Badagry parkway is a Trans-West African Coastal Toll road that connects Lagos, Nigeria with Dakar, Senegal thru the Benin Republic and Ghana. Fully Nigeria’s leg of this international motorway is in a unpleasant insist. It’s a ways a disgrace we now possess no longer been ready to do this avenue.

“The Enugu – Onitsha Boulevard awarded in 2019 at about N32 billion is handiest at 19% completion, and the total amount licensed up to now is ready N5 billion, while the 2022 budgetary provision is never any longer as much as N300 million.”

Healthcare

Haruna Mshellia (APC, Borno) furthermore made a stable case for the budget to the healthcare sector to be increased.

The lawmaker faulted the proposed allocation to the field, and referred to as for at the least 10 per cent of the budget to head healthcare.


“When we had the pandemic final yr, we chanced on that the neatly being machine was very stale. I assumed we would possess learnt our lesson. Glimpse at the budget sooner than us, you will sight that neatly being has handiest 2.7%,” the lawmaker argued.

The debate into the now not new precept of the bill will continue on Thursday.

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