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Reps threaten to stall 2010 budget over N110bn MDG projects

By Tordue Salem

ABUJA — The House of Representatives yesterday threatened to embargo the 2010 budget until constituency projects awarded under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for the members of the lower House were duly implemented.

President Umaru Yar’Adua will present the budget before a joint session of the National Assembly on November 19.

The Green Chamber’s threat was contained in a resolution adopted after a marathon debate on a motion brought by Rep. Dino Melaye (PDP/ Kogi) on the  shelved implementation of the MDGs projects for which N110 billion was provided in the 2009 budget.

The resolution also mandated relevant committees to conduct a public hearing into why the relevant government agencies failed to execute the projects.

Melaye had regretted in his motion the lopsided and usual non-implementation of the 2008/2009 MDGs.

He said since 2008 projects were either completed or even started in some areas, it was necessary to ask questions on the 2009 projects.

According to him, since the 2009 MDGs had been budgeted for as provided in the 2009 Appropriation Act, “it becomes worrisome why the projects are yet to be started.”

Mr Melaye requested that since it was already November, monies meant for the projects should be released, accessed and contract awarded.

He urged the House to ask the MDG office to immediately award contracts in strict comformity with the provisions of law as stipulated in the 2009 Budget and also to complete all outstanding 2008 projects as funds for them have been provided in the budget.


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