By Obinna Achi, Enugu
Members of Enugu State House of Assembly have passed a motion appealing to the Federal Government to reimburse the state government to the tune of N25.9 billion.Â
According to the Assembly, the sum forms part of the funds expended by the state government for the rehabilitation of federal roads within the state.
The motion, sponsored by Hon. Chinedu Nwamba, representing Nsukka East Constituency and 18 others, was seconded by Hon. Elochukwu Ugwueze, representing Igbo-Eze South.
Nwamba while moving the motion stated that the request was not out of place “since such exercise has taken place in some other states in Nigeria. Typical examples of such states are Anambra and Gombe.”
He noted that money spent on those roads could have been directed to the development of other spheres in the State, lamenting that “its non reimbursement has actually hampered the development of other sectors like agriculture, commerce, industry, education, tourism, among others.”
“We are constrained to make this appeal after waiting for about two years in which the roads were rehabilitated without any reimbursement from the Federal Government despite series of efforts and appeals put in place from different quarters”, Nwamba added.
He recalled that the Enugu State Government drew the Federal Government’s attention in the past, which he said eventually necessitated the setting up of a monitoring and verification committee by the then minister of works, Architect Mike Onolememen.
The road projects, which were embarked upon by the administration of former Governor Sullivan Chime, include New Market Roundabout to Agu Abor interchange, Enugu Abakiliki Dual Carriageway, 9th Mile-Ngwo-Milken Hill-New Market Road and reconstruction/rehabilitation of 9th Mile-Udi-Oji River-Ugwuoba-Anambra State border, among others.