Thursday, 8 June 2017

Senate summons Fashola over Rivers road project

The senate on Wednesday summoned Babatunde Fashola, minister of power, works and housing, over the delay in completing Bodo-Bonny road project in Rivers state.

It directed the minister to brief its committee on works on circumstances surrounding federal governments’s “inability” to partner Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) to complete the project.

The upper chamber resolved that the committee should carry out “independent and comprehensive evaluation” of the project and brief it within four weeks.

This emanated from a motion by Thompson Sekibo, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator (Rivers) at plenary on Wednesday.

Presenting the motion, the lawmaker decried the non-completion of the project in spite of previous appropriations for the completion of the project.

“In 2016, Nyesom Wike approached the NLNG management and appealed to the corporation to partner the federal government to execute the project,” he said.

“He made the appeal in view of the fact that it would benefit both the federal government, the NLNG business empire, the people of Bonny, other communities along the road and the business community.

“The 37-kilometre Bodo/Bonny road project in Rivers linking Bodo community in Gokana local government area with Grand Bonny in Bonny local government hosts the NLNG complex.”

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