FRC begins verification of FG’s N/East projects

FRC begins verification of FG’s N/East projects

- The Fiscal Responsibility Commission has started verifying the 2018/2019 federal government’s projects in the north-east

- A team of officials of the commission verified projects at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri on Monday, April 1

- The commission also inspected the completed fencing of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) headquarters, Maiduguri

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on Tuesday, April 2 said it has begun verification of the 2018/2019 federal government’s projects in the north-east.

Ms Grace Michael, the principal communication officer of the commission, in a statement in Maiduguri, said that the exercise was designed to ensure that the projects were executed in line with the budgetary provisions, NAN reports.

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“FRC embarks on the verification to ensure that budgetary provisions as appropriated to the federal government’s projects across the six geo-political zones are well spent,” she said.

She disclosed that a team of officials of the commission had on Monday, April 1 verified projects at the Federal Neuro Psychiatric Hospital, Maiduguri.

Michael listed the projects to include renovation of radiology department, doctor’s offices, renovation of male and female wards as well as procurement of office furniture and equipment.

Others were construction of female students’ hostel, renovation of drug abuse and rehabilitation ward, purchase of electroencephalography machine with video components and construction of Accident, Emergency (AE) unit.

The statement quoted the team leader, Alhaji Zailani Muhammed, as saying that the projects had reached about 100 percent completion stage.

Zailani described the level of work done as top notch and commended the medical director, Dr Ibrahim Wakawa, of getting his priorities right.

He assured of the commission’s support to establish synergy between the hospital and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), to facilitate interventions for the establishment of a Psycho Social Support Center.

According to her, the commission also inspected the completed fencing of the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) headquarters, Maiduguri; construction of one-storey concrete cell facility block with stone coated and decked under roof for inmates.

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of state for budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, said the federal government and the six north-east states spent $6.4 billion on interventions in the geopolitical zone between 2016 and 2017.

The minister made this known at the launching of the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) for north-east Nigeria in Abuja.

The minister explained that the HRP was also in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan and the United Nations Development Partnership Framework.

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