Umahi Forms Panels To Probe N1.5 Trillion Project Debts

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Minister of Works, Mr. David Umahi, has instituted six regional committees to scrutinise outstanding certificates and contract variation claims amounting to N1.5 Trillion for road projects executed both before and after May 29, 2023. The committees, each assigned to a geo-political zone, are tasked with evaluating unpaid certified certificates and reviewing approved and unapproved variations in prices, as well as augmentations.

The Minister, through his Chief Press Secretary, Orji Uchenna Orji, disclosed that the initiative aims to engage external consultants in re-verifying the projects, with the ultimate goal of informing decisive actions to advance the ministry. Contractors owed funds are urged to submit relevant documents to the committees between December 12 and December 22, 2023, from 9am to 7pm, at the Minister’s Conference Room in the Federal Ministry of Works, Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja.

In preparation for an appearance before the Joint Committees of the National Assembly, Ministry Directors engaged in an in-house budget defense with the minister.

Expressing gratitude to the acting Permanent Secretary and Department Heads for their commitment to the 2023 budget appraisal, and the preparation of the 2024 budget proposal, the minister highlighted the need for enhanced attention to the road sector beyond the 2024 budget envelope. Emphasising the road sector’s pivotal role in economic development, he underscored the importance of addressing its requirements for the benefit of Nigeria’s progress.

 

 

 

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