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Fashola suspends award of new projects

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

LAGOS — Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has directed all the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies not to embark on new projects in 2010 fiscal year but focus on completion of on-going projects across the state.

The measure became necessary in view of the current global economic meltdown, the amnesty development in the Niger Delta region, which had taken its tolls on the nation’s economy and the state at large.

At a joint ministerial press briefing at Alausa, Ikeja yesterday, spokesman for the state government, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, who led three commissioners and two special advisers said the governor gave the directive during a three-day retreat of the state executive and Body of Permanent Secretaries held at the Eko Tourist Beach Resort, Lekki, last week.

According to Bamidele, the decision not to embark on any new project next year was one of the highlights of issues considered at the last quater of the year retreat.

He listed other issues to include, the need to be more pro-active in meeting staff needs, particularly on the issue of contributory pension scheme and sinking funds for servicing gratuities and pensions of officials under the old “Pay-as-you-go” scheme.

Bamidele said: “The 2010 Budget of the state would place emphasis more on completion of on-going projects than commencement of new ones.

“Government, by all intents and purposes, would ensure the eradication of wastes without compromising improved quality service delivery to the citizenry,” he said.

Speaking further, Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Ade Ipaye, said in the out-going year, the state government awarded many projects to the tune of several billions of naira, adding that with paucity of funds and resources, the government is constrained only to completion of on-going projects.


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