CALABARâ€”Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Iyiola Omishere, has assured the Cross River State government thatÂ funds have been made available for the implementation of many projects in the state.
He said such funds would also go into the rehabilitation of Calabar â€“ Ogoja â€“ Katsina Ala road, Ugep â€“ Abomege road and the dredging of Calabar Channel, assuring that by the end of September, work on most of the projects would commence.
Senator Omishere, who is also the Chairman, Implementation Committee of the National Assembly, UNDP Budget Committee, spoke when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Liyel Imoke at Government House in Calabar.
He disclosed that the committeeâ€™s assignment commenced last year.
with the intention of going round to see things for itself, explaining that their stay in Calabar would afford them the opportunity to acquaint themselves of what was on ground since budget was meant for all.
Omishere said the committee hoped to see completed and abandoned projects as well as make some contributions to the 2010 budget.
He added that the teamâ€™s on-the-spot assessment would afford it the opportunity to identify duplication in the execution of projects among federal and state governments, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Ministry of Niger Delta in the South-South and determine the level of participation because every citizen has a right in the country.
On his part, Governor Liyel Imoke said the 2009 Federal Budget had taken care of some critical areas in the state which is reflective of the consultation and interaction between the state and federal government.
He, however, appealed for support for the implementation of some federal projects in the state, as the year has entered its third quarter.
Imoke said some contractors were yet to be seen on sites, while the dredging of the Calabar channel has not commenced.
He commended the federal government for awarding contracts for the rehabilitation of Calabar â€“ Ogoja-Katsina Ala Road, completion of Ugep-Abomege road to link Ebonyi state as well as the dredging of the Calabar channel.
He said though Cross River was referred to as one of the sources of the wealth of the nation, it remained at the bottom of the listing in terms of federal allocation.
Imoke called for a review of federal allocation to the state in the spirit of equity and described Senator Omisore as the channel to achieving it, referring to the functions of the committee as policy direction, strategic, programming and budgeting.