Taraba Assembly Probes N10Bn Road Contract

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By Augustine Osayande

Taraba State House of Assembly has unanimously agreed to investigate the utilization of N10 billion allocated for the construction of four kilometers of road in each of the 16 local government councils of the State.

To ensure the success of the exercise, an ad-hoc committee consisting of five members, had been directed to as a matter of urgency commence investigation on how the money was spent without been expanded on what it was actually set aside for.

This was made known on Tuesday on the floor of the House through a motion that was raised by Charles Maijankai, member representing Karim one constituency. The motion was seconded by the member representing Gashaka constituency.

In his presentation, Maijankai felt sad that the fund which was approved by the House in 2012 for the construction of four kilometer roads in the entire 16 local government councils of the state was poorly executed.

He said some of the roads constructed were not up to standard and others were not “even executed” hence the need for concern persons to be brought to book after the investigation.

Maijankai who was visibly dejected that such a hung fund had gone down to the drain vowed that the committee would live no stone unturned during the exercise which is scheduled to commence next week.

According to him, “the reason for the motion is that we want to investigate the N10 bn grant that was meant for the construction of four kilometers road in each of the sixteen Local Government Areas in this state.”

The lawmaker, who was sad that works on the roads came to a standstill immediately the Executive Governor of the state, Danbaba Suntai, had a plane accident on the 25th of October 2012, observed that ” nobody is asking why these roads are not completed.”

“We know that before the accident that involved our governor, work was going on in all the roads. But when Suntai had accident, everything stopped, yet money is still being deducted from the Local Governments’ account” he said.

He demanded to know why such fund is still being removed from the councils’ monthly allocations by the state government when works on the roads are nothing to write home about.  “The contractors have to be at the sites to explain why things are like that” he added.

In his contribution, the former speaker of the House, Istifanus Haruna Gbana, said that the investigation should not only end with the contractors, but suggested that should be broadened. Other members who contributed including the former deputy speaker, Abel Peter Diah, expressed dismay at the continued deduction of funds meant for the councils “ in the name of constructing four kilometer roads for them.”

Members of the ad-hoc committee include John Bonzema, Abel Peter Diah, Daniel Tsokwa, Charles Maijankai and Abdullahi Jugulde.

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