- Babatunde Fashola has blamed issues of uncompleted projects on huge demands from people
- According to the minister of works, some people are demanding for N10bn compensation before work can continue on the 2nd Niger bridge
- Meanwhile, Fashola said the government is trying to resuscitate some uncompleted projects
The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has alleged that there is a demand of N10 billion compensation before work can continue on the 2nd Niger bridge.
Fashola disclosed this when he spoke with reporters at the end of the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, September 18, The Cable reports.
Going further, the minister said huge demands have led to uncompleted projects across the country.
“As we speak, some people are asking us to pay N10 billion now as compensation for the 2nd Niger bridge… there is a gap between infrastructure needs and income. People are also complaining that government is borrowing too much.
“I think first of all it is important we all speak the same language. There is a clear distinction between uncompleted and abandoned projects. First of all, my ministry does not have 20,000 projects.
“The right question should be what are we doing about completing projects, one of the things we have done is finding out why projects are not completed. In some cases the rates have become obsolete so the price range has changed, cement price has changed, the change rate has changed, inflation has gone into the quantity it was awarded before it came."
According to him, they are trying to resuscitate some of the uncompleted projects.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that Buhari approved contracts for the construction and rehabilitation of 15 roads nationwide worth over N182bn.
An aide to the president, Buhari Sallau, who disclosed this on Sunday, September 15, said the approval for the road projects was made at the maiden edition of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
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