The House of Representatives yesterday resolved to probe the over 11,886 ongoing projects that require over N10trillion and more than 10 years to complete.
The House is also to probe abandoned critical federal government projects in the road, power, education and transportation sectors of the economy.
The resolution of the House was sequel to a motion moved at the plenary by Hon Babangida Ibrahim on ‘The Need to Determine the Status of ongoing/Abandoned Federal Government Projects’.
Leading debate on the motion, the lawmaker said, “As at May 2011, there were over 11,886 ongoing projects that required over N10 trillion and more than 10 years to complete even if an average sum of 1 trillion is provided annually to fund the projects.
“That of the total commitment of 7.8trillion for the 11,886 ongoing projects, only 2.7 trillion was paid to contractors, implying an outstanding commitment of 5.1 trillion as at May 2011.”
Hon Ibrahim, who pointed out that since 2000, capital budget implementation has never reached 50 per cent, lamented the infrastructural deficit in the country has been characterised by dilapidated road network, epileptic power supply, moribund railway system, dilapidated structures in the education, health sectors among others.
According to him, in the last 17 years, trillions of naira have been committed to the provision of critical infrastructure in agriculture, transportation, education, health, environment, security, science and technology, roads and power supply across Nigeria.
The House, has, however, mandated its Committees on Finance and National Planning and Economic Development to look into the development and to report back within eight weeks for further legislative action.
The mandate of the committees is to ascertain the number and location of ongoing or abandoned federal government capital projects across the six geo-political zones in the country.