Former governor of Lagos State and current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, over the weekend disclosed that the Federal government of Nigeria is owing in excess of N336 billion to road contractors.
The former governor said during his interview with Arise Television that the challenges his Ministry is faced with mostly lack of funding and with a tonne load of infrastructures to be worked on. He said only N27 billion has been paid so far to the owed contractors while more certificates are piling up for the contracts that have not been paid.
“Our debts as of the end of July, our outstanding and unpaid certificates, for example, were in the area of N336 billion. Now, the release we have from the ministry of finance for the second quarter is N27 billion. Then we have the Sukuk N162 billion. So, if you add that up, we are still way behind and more certificates are piling up for work that we haven’t paid.
When you divide N162 billion by 44 roads, what is left? That defines where we are in terms of the funding challenge.
At this moment, for example, FERMA is going to undertake 192 road repairs and maintenance over the next 12 months. They just sent me the implementation plan on Friday last week and they are good to go.” he said