ASSEMBLY IN SESSIONNiger state House of Assembly has summoned the commissioner for works and infrastructural development and the General Manager, Rural Electrification Board to appear before its adhoc committee to explain why despite money released to contractor, Borgu-Agwara electrification project was not completed.

This was sequel to a motion moved by the member representing Borgu constituency, Hon Mohammed Abba Bala, during Wednesday’s plenary at the Assembly complex.

Hon Bala said the project had suffered many years of neglect inspite of its strategic importance.

He recalled that the project was awarded by the former governor of the state, late Engr Abdukadir Abdullahi Kure and it has attained substantial level of completion.

But he explained that at the near completion of the project which he put at 95 percent, it was abandoned which caused setbacks and if nothing was done, he said, it may lead to restarting the project all over again since most of the equipment would be stolen or damaged, incurring additional cost to the state.

He lamented that 16 out of the 20 wards in the two local governments have no electricity despite hosting hydro electric dams in their vicinity. He said the absence of electricity has caused untold hardships to the people.

Hon Bala disclosed that the two local governments have a stretch of 21000km, sharing borders with Benin Republic and other local governments and lack of electricity was posing serious dangers to communities and the state at large.

He pleaded with his colleagues to give him necessary support so that the governor will know and come to the aid of communities affected by the non completion of the project.

Contributing to the debate on the motion, member representing Bosso constituency, Hon Malik Madaki Bosso said the house should be concerned about abandoned projects which littered the state.

He said a lot of money had been expended on the projects, urging his colleagues to support the motion and spread their intervention to the entire state as the situation was becoming embarrassing and scary.

The house in a unanimous decision, summoned the commissioner of works and GM, rural electrification board to appear before its adhoc committee on projects execution, with all documents related to project execution in the state.

He assured the members that with things being equal, all the projects would be completed at the scheduled time. He said only N1.5b was accessed by the company while the balance was still being processed.

It will be recalled that the house of assembly committee on works had paid similar visits to Minna-Kataeregi-Bida and broadcasting roads projects where the committee had expressed dissatisfaction with the work done at the broadcasting road.

 

TAURARUWA