Taraba seeks Se­nate in­ter­ven­tion over N30b spent on FG roads

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Charles Akpeji, Jalingo

THE Taraba State gov­ern­ment has asked the Se­nate to in­ter­vene to en­able it get a re­fund of N30­bil­lion spent on fed­eral roads.

The Deputy Gov­er­nor, Haruna Manu, made the ap­peal yes­ter­day in Jalingo, the state cap­i­tal.

While lead­ing the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Works on a tour of the fed­eral roads, he said the re­fund would en­able the state to open more roads.

Manu said: “The state needs the money to open up more roads to boost the eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties of the peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the ru­ral ar­eas.”

He said he was con­fi­dent that the up­per cham­ber would fa­cil­i­tate the re­fund to im­prove the lives of the res­i­dents.

The deputy gov­er­nor added that the Dar­ius Dick­son Ishaku-led ad­min­is­tra­tion would con­tinue to press for the re­fund. The Chair­man of the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on Works, Kabiru Gaya, led the in­spec­tion team. Among the roads in­spected were the Jalingo-sunkaniGar­bachede and the Jalin­goKonna fed­eral roads. Gaya said he was im­pressed with the qual­ity of the fed­eral roads un­der­taken by the Taraba State gov­ern­ment. Ac­cord­ing to him: “My col­leagues and I drove through the Jalingo-sunkani and the Gar­bachede roads, which, though were con­structed about four years ago, but are still very stan­dard due to the qual­ity of work done.” Gaya, who rep­re­sents KanoSouth se­na­to­rial dis­trict, promised to make a case to­wards mak­ing the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to re­fund the amount.

The­guardian leant that the road from Jalingo to Kona is one of the projects which the paucity of funds had stalled.

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