eds Projects ...Jonathan assures States
,President Goodluck Jonathan has assured that every penny spent by state governments on federal projects would be refunded.
He also admonished that deputies should be loyal to their bosses in order to sustain the political stability the nation currently enjoys.
According to him “In-fighting among politicians does not raise the hope of Nigerians because they see them (politicians) as main actors who cannot manage themselves. We are there not by our power but by the grace of God. My conscience will be troubling me if the Nigerian politics is not stabilized. This is why I enjoin all to collaborate,"
The president, who was on a one-day working visit to Ibadan, Oyo state , commissioned two federal roads in the state, upgraded by the state government.
The reconstructed roads are Orita New Garage/Odo Ona Elewe to Apata Road, and the Molete/Oke Ado/ Dugbe/Queen Cinema dual carriage ways.
Jonathan noted that, hitherto, only on few occasions are states getting full payment for money spent to rehabilitate federal government properties in their domains. He said his government has therefore set up a commission to draw a policy that would address the encumbrances experienced in processing refund on the said projects.
"Most often, the federal government only refund part of the monies spent on the projects, while some were not refunded at all due to poor quality of jobs allegedly done by the state governments who executed them," Mr. Jonathan said.
An official of the CCC Construction Company who handled the Queen Cinema/ Dugbe Molete road, told journalists that the road has a life span of over 20 years if properly maintained, adding that their company will handle the maintenance for the first one year and hand it over to the state thereafter.
While commending the governor for his effort on the said projects and others embarked upon to ease the lives of the residents of the state and allow the dividends of democracy to trickle down to them, the president hinted that the committee will finalise work on the policy by the next three weeks.
The ancient city stood still for the president, whose Nigerian Airforce aircraft landed at the Ibadan airport, Alakia at 10.16am. He was treated to a rousing welcome by thousands of school children, politicians, market men and women and other residents of the city who lined up the street to wave hands in appreciation of his visit.