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Taraba probes chaotic roads construction projects

19 August 2014, 21:43

Taraba - Taraba State House of Assembly is investigating the utilisation of N10 billion allocated for road construction projects amid concerns the facilities were incomplete and of poor quality.

A five-member ad hoc committee has been constituted to probe a scenario that has seen little construction of four kilometer roads in each of the 16 local government councils of the state.

Members of the ad-hoc committee include, John Bonzema, Abel Peter Diah, Daniel Tsokwa, Charles Maijankai and Abdullahi Jugulde.

Pushing the motion, Maijankai, a Member representing Karim One Constituency, said roads constructed were not up to standard and others were even executed hence the need for the concern people to be brought to book after the investigation.

The lawmaker alleged works on the roads came to standstill immediately after the Executive Governor of the state, Danbaba Suntai, had to vacate office in 2012 when he sustained injuries in a plane crash.

“Nobody is asking why these roads are not completed. We know that before the accident that involved our governor, works were going on in all the roads. But when Suntai had accident, everything stopped, yet money is still being deducted from the Local Governments account,” he said.

He demanded to know why funds were still released “when works on the roads are nothing to write home about.”

“The contractors have to be at the sites to explain why things are like that,” he added.

Former deputy speaker, Abel Peter Diah, expressed dismay at the continued deduction of funds, “in the name of constructing four kilometer roads.”

– CAJ News

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