The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has hinted that President Muhammad Buhari has constituted a committee to verify claims made by states that want refund for work done on federal roads.
Fashola said the move would enable the committee to put a plan in place for refunding the states.
The minister disclosed this while on a nationwide inspection, verification and fact finding tour of projects under his ministry, which he began on Monday.
A statement made available to Saturday PUNCH by the Special Adviser, Communications, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Hakeem Bello, said Fashola visited various sections of the Abuja –Abaji- Lokoja Road, the Geregu I and II Power Plants and the Lokoja 330/132/33 KV Transmitting Sub Station in Kogi State.
It said the minister visited Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau states during the week to see the state of work at several power, road, housing and other infrastructural projects and facilities under the ministry.
It quoted Fashola as saying that the tour would enable him to see projects executed by states that had put up requests for refunds in the North-Central and other zones.
Fashola also said that the transport and education ministers would be embarking on similar trips in line with the responsibilities given to the committee.
While paying a courtesy visit along with his Minister of State, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, on Monday to the then Governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, Fashola said the tour was informed by the need to see things for themselves after being briefed in the office.
He said, “This is the 80th day since our appointments as ministers. We have spent the time before now planning a budget, taking briefings, getting to know our staff, getting to know ourselves and this phase of the work now is to go and see for ourselves some of the things we have read in files across the states, some of the things we have been told in the meetings and to see things as they stand in preparation for implementation.”