By Emman Ovuakporie
ABUJA—In preparation for the 2013 Appropriation Act, members of the House of Representatives, yesterday, moved that all Federal Government capital projects in the country should be inspected within 60 days.

Members of all standing committees in the House are expected to verify the state of abandoned and on-going capital projects in various states of the federation.

The motion, entitled Need to verify capital projects executed by Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of government across the nation, was brought to the floor of the House by Leo Ogor, representing Isoko Federal Constituency in Delta State.

Ogor said: “Sec 81 (1) and (2) empowered the President to prepare and lay before each house of the National Assembly an Appropriation Bill.”

Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Ikorodu Federal constituency, Lagos, threw her weight behind Ogor when she said there was a lot to learn from Lagos State government that had imbibed the culture of continuity hence “you do not see abandoned projects in the state.”

“The Appropriation Bill seeks to authorise the issue from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation, certain amount of money for recurrent expenditure and another amount is for contribution to the development fund for capital project for the year.”

Ogor explained that the National Assembly had appropriated trillions of Naira to the Federal Government, MDAs for capital projects for infrastructural development of the nation since 1999 till date.


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