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Senate approves N148 bn refund to 5 states

Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for a refund of N148,141,969,161.24 to Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun and Ondo State Governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.

The approval was sequel to the consideration of a report by the Chairman Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts Clifford Ordia representing Edo Central.

In his presentation Senator Ordia said that most of the Federal highways in the benefitting states were at a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.

According to him, the Ministry of Works and Housing visited  all Federal Roads completed by the States and ascertained that the quality off work done met the required standard, adding that the Bureau of Procurement on its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Senate confirmed the nomination of Barr. Benedict Umeano (Anambra – South East); Hon. Ehiozuwa Johnson Agbonayinma (Edo – South South); and CP. Olayinka Babatunde Balogun Rtd (Ogun – South West) as Members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).

The confirmation of the nominees followed the consideration of the report of the committee  on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions.

In another development, the Senate referred President Mohammad Buhari’s request on the confirmation of nominees to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Tribunal to its Committee on Trade and Investment.

The nominees who are expected to appear for screening before the Committee include: Mrs. Sadatu Mama Shafi, Chairman (North Central); George Chukwuma Mbonu, Member (South East); Barr. Thomas E. Okosun (South South); Umar Dauda Duhu (North East); Ibrahim El-Yakubu (North West); Mrs. Sola Salako Ajulo (South West); and Kenneth Tersoo Gyado (North Central).

Amaka Ene

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Aminu Usman November 24, 2020 at 10:12 pm



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