– The Nigerian Senate has lamented the way government waste funds on new projects while old ones are left unattended to
– As a result of this, the upper legislative body, through Senator Dino Melaye, has issued a warning to President Buhari
The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that all projects embarked upon by his predecessors, including Goodluck Jonathan, are not abandoned by his administration.
In the country, it is usual of successive governments to abandon projects started by their predecessors so as not to have the former occupier of the office taking the glory for it.
The Senate said Buhari’d government must look at projects started by former presidents including Olusegun Obasanjo; the late Umaru Yar’Adua and Jonathan since government is a continuum.
Vanguard reports that while speaking during an investigative hearing by the Senate committee on the Federal Capital Territory into the abandoned N8 billion Code of Conduct Bureau office headquarters in Abuja, Dino Melaye said there was the need to cut down on waste.
“As soon as these programmes and projects are abandoned, new ones are initiated only to be abandoned again by yet another successive government. The process continues while the nation’s resources continue to be wasted
“It is instructive to state that this is not so with the developed countries. Projects and programmes, as well as policies are sustained.
“They place nation’s interest above other considerations. This sutenable poicy has yielded positive results as these countries have moved from developing to developed world,” he said while urging Buhari’s administration to correct this anomaly.
“The Senate was utterly dismayed when it received a motion in respect of the abandonment of N8 billion Code of Conduct Bureau office headquarters projects,” he added.
The committee then directed the chairman of the Code of Conduct Bureau, Mr Sam Saba, to ensure the completion of the project by including it in the 2017 budget before the National Assembly.
In his contribution, the deputy chief whip of the Senate, Francis Alimikhena, said: “From the way things were done from the beginning, I think the project was conceived to fail. In 2010, N3bn was projected for the project.
“And then the amount was reviewed in 2012 to N8 billion; that is after spending over N1 billion. You decided to dump the contract and procure the same office building for N4.4 billion. Is this not waste?”