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Government will distribute projects equitably, says minister

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Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the Federal Government will continue to be guided by justice, equity and fairplay in the distribution of projects across the country.

Onu disclosed this while commissioning a flood and erosion control work at Alex Ekwuene University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, at the weekend.

According to him, under the present administration, no part of the country will suffer neglect due to geographical location or political consideration.

With the completion of the project, the minister added that the danger to lives and property associated with erosion and persistent flooding would be reduced, stressing that the project was one of the 11 Federal Government’s ecological intervention projects for the third quarter of 2018.

In another vein, the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has been cautioned over its plans to secure a foreign loan of $29 billion, which had already been presented to the National Assembly for approval.

Lagos-based socio-political activist, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri, who was also the Senatorial candidate of Lagos Central on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chided the National Assembly for earmarking a whopping N37 billion for the renovation of its complex when millions of Nigerians were dying of hunger and deprivation.

He said in Lagos at the weekend that voting such a humongous sum for renovation by the legislators showed how cruel and unsympathetic they were.

He suggested that the Federal Government should look for alternatives such as Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to raise money, cutting down the humongous salaries of the legislators, ministers, government agencies, as well as wastes and the high cost of governance.

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