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Senate queries rural telephony project pace

26 February 2014, 14:16

Abuja - Members of the Senate Committee on Communications have raised concerns over the alleged neglect of the Rural Telephony Project by the Ministry of Information and Communication.

The committee said it was “surprised” that despite the money the Senate approved for the project in 2013, the ministry appeared reluctant to speedily execute the project which would provide telephone services to rural communities.

The Chairman of the committee, Gilbert Nnaji, said the ministry would have to explain to the Senate why money approved for the project has not been utilized to speed up the project.

He said that out of the N2.5 billion approved for the ministry for capital expenditure in 2013, only N1 billion was utilized, leaving an outstanding sum of N1.5 billion.

Nnaji decried what he called the reluctance by the ministry to kick-start the national Rural Telephony Project, which he noted, was a way of relieving pressure on the GSM networks.

As part of effort to investigate the issue, Nnaji said that his committee had scheduled an oversight visit of all projects been carried out by the ministry to ascertain the stages of the projects.

“Having taken time to study the 2013 capital performance appraisal forwarded to it, my committee has consequently resolved to pay a scheduled oversight visit to various locations of the ministry’s capital projects in the country,” he said.

– CAJ News

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