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2020 Budget: FG To Complete 6 Secretariat In Anambra, Bayelsa, Others

Posted by: On November 6, 2019 || Categories: News


Isaac Anumihe, Abuja

Federal Government has given priority to the completion of six federal secretariats in six states.

The secretariats are located in Anambra, Bayelsa, Gombe , Nassarawa, Osun and Zamfara states.

Other
priority areas of the 2020 Budget, according to the Minister of Works
and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, include, fulfilment of Nigeria’s
financial obligations to Shelter Afrique for the construction of
affordable housing of which Nigeria is a key player.

Fashola, who
fielded questions at the National Assembly Joint Committee to defend
the Ministry’s 2020 Budget, said that the government also plans to
install solar panels as alternative source of energy at the ministry’s
headquarters, Abuja.

The Minister also mentioned in the priority
list: the provision of infrastructure by building access roads,
drainages for erosion control for social housing schemes in Akwa Ibom,
Cross River, Enugu, Kwara and Osun states, and settlement of liabilities
incurred under the Special Projects Unit, which caters for project
under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).

The Minister, however, faulted the
practice of measuring budget performance by funds expended on projects
but not on the actual work done. He explained that most times the
projects were carried out on priority bases. Therefore, the fund made
available might not be enough to carry out all the projects needed by
Nigerians.

Fashola charged members of the joint committee to
encourage members of their constituencies to form cooperative groups
through which land could be acquired from states to access credit and
build genuine houses of choice.

He further revealed that the
ministry was planning to launch the co-operative system for ease of
accessing land and credit for providing affordable houses for Nigerians.

Source:- Sunnewsonline

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