By OMOH GABRIEL, BUSINESS EDITOR
The Federal Government Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, has intervened in the various sectors of the economy with about N572billion in the one year of its operation.
The interventions Vanguard gathered were targeted towards improving the country’s infrastructure significantly as well as help to create millions of jobs for Nigerians.
The SURE-P budgeted N21.7 billion to cover the dualisation of the East-West roads.
According to documents sighted by Vanguard, SURE-P has intervened in the Benin-Ore -Sagamu road with N16.5 billion. The project is ongoing.
In the same vein, SURE-P has put a total of N14billion in the ongoing Abuja-Lokoja road. Also the sum of N5billion has been put on the Port Harcourt-Onitsha road from the savings made from the partial withdrawal of subsidy being warehoused by SUR-P .
The Kano-Maiduguri road to which the Federal Government had previously allocated N18.5 billion has also benefited from the savings from subsidy withdrawal to the tune of N1.5 billion. Work on the projects stakeholders say has a long way to go.
Another project that has benefited from the savings according to SURE-P records is the second Niger Bridge to which the sum of N5.5 billion has been allocated by SURE-P but the project is yet to take off.
Oweto bridge is yet another project that has benefited from the subsidy removal savings. It has so far been allocated the sum of N4 billion.
According to SURE-P record, maintenance of roads and bridges across the country take N23.5billion from the savings gathered from subsidy withdrawal. Power projects from 2012 to 2015 (Mambilla power plant, Coal Power Plant and Small Hydro power plants) will gulp a total of N155 billion. Other projects are Abuja-Kaduna rail line N11.6 billion; Lagos-Ibadan rail line though yet to start N9.3 billion.
The National Teachers Institute for the retraining of teachers and Vocational Training Centres has N24.6 billion allocation from the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme. Maternal and Child heath draws N78.3 billion from the fund. Rural water scheme, water supply scheme, irrigation scheme and other water related projects the programme which is yet to start has a budget of N205.5 billion.
According to SURE-P reports on railways, contracts have been awarded for Jebba- Kano railway rehabilitation project with a commitment of N8 billion from SURE-P ; PH – Makurdi Railway Rehabilitation Project; Makurdi – Kanfanchan – Kuru – Jos & Kanfanchan -Kaduna Junction Railway Rehabilitation Project; Kuru – Maiduguri Railway Rehabilitation Project with a commitment of N15 billion from SURE-P; and Abuja (Idu) – Kaduna Railway Modernisation Project with a commitment of N10.29 billion from SURE-P.
Under the roads and bridges project, SURE-P report claims that she is committing the total sum of N21.7 billion for the Warri – Kaiama; Port Harcourt – Kaiama; Port Harcourt – Eket; Eket – Oron sections of the East-West Road in 2012. Also commitment to the tune of N85.5 billion have been made to Abuja – Abaji – Lokoja Dual Carriageway (Four Sections); Benin – Ore – Sagamu Dual Carriageway (Three Sections); Onitsha – Enugu – Port Harcourt Dual Carriageway (Three Sections); Kano – Maiduguri Dual Carriageway (Five Sections); Construction of Oju/Loko – Oweto Bridge; and Construction of 2nd Niger Bridge at Onitsha in 2102.
SURE-P report on infrastructural development projects (roads) also claimed the programme has developed a robust structure to ensure adequate oversight, accountability and implementation of its various programmes.
Sub-committees have been constituted to be in charge of the various work streams. Two subcommittees are responsible to ensure adequate oversight, accountability and implementation of the road projects under the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Federal Ministry of Works.
The subcommittees are supported by qualified professional staff based in the Performance and Results Unit at the SURE-P secretariat. The subcommittees are responsible for certifying work done for payment based on the recommendation of the performance and results unit.