Ondo seeks N7b refund for repair of federal roads
FG promises fairness on project verification
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday said that the Federal Government owed the state about N7 billion as the amount spent by the state government to fix federal roads.
Akeredolu disclosed this while receiving the Minister of State for Transportation, Senator Gbemisola Saraki and officials of her ministry in the Governor’s Office, Alagbaka in Akure, the state capital.
Saraki was in the state for verification of the number of Federal Government road projects fixed by the state for possible reimbursement.
The governor expressed optimism that by the time the Federal Government officials completes the verification and carries out its deductions, the state should be able to receive over N5 billion from the Federal Government.
He said that such repayment would go along way in assisting the state on projects’ execution and payment of salary arrears.
“The acclaimed is in the neigbourhood of about N7 billion. I am sure that by the time they look at it, do all their verifications, if there are going to be deductions here and there, we should be able to have over N5 billion to come into the state.
“These are monies that have been spent and the roads have been completed over the years. So, they are verifiable. We believe that this will go along way in assisting us on projects and payment of salary arrears,” he stated.
Akeredolu, however, sought the support of the minister on the actualisation of Port Ondo, stressing that the project is very crucial to his administration.
He noted that it is a way of building the state for future generation.
According to him, the idea is to decongest Lagos State and open up the riverine areas in the state for better economic activities.
Saraki assured the state governor that her team would be fair as they carry out their verification exercise.