By A’isha Biola Raji
The Federal government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, Wednesday approved the sum of N40 billion for roads and ecological projects.
This approval was made when the President presided over the 24th Federal Executive Council, (FEC) meeting in Abuja.
While about N22 billion of the fund was approved for road construction in Yobe, Edo and Taraba States, N17.7 billion was for the execution of ecological projects in various parts of the country.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said N14.528 billion was approved for the construction of Gasamu-Hamshi-Gogoram road in Yobe State, N991.851 million approved for the construction of a link road connecting Uneme-Tusamu-Odoga to Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State and N6.397 billion approved for the reconstruction of Mamabu-Donga road in Taraba South Local Government Area of Taraba State.
Asked to respond to allegation that N4.6 billion was diverted under his watch as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Fashola said he had written an explanatory note to dismiss the allegation.
According to him, ministers don’t manage accounts, sign cheques or disburse funds.
In his own briefing, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the council approved N17.754 billion for emergency procurement of first and second quarters 2020 soil erosion, flood and pollution control as accelerated intervention projects of the federal government.
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