Enugu Terminal Building: Presidency Wanted To Divert N1.7Billion — Senate

By Ikenga Chronicles June 23, 2018

As controversies continue to dodge the 2018 budget, the Nigerian Senate has again explained the reason why it reduced the budget for the Enugu Terminal building from N2billion to N500million.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari had, during the signing of the 2018 appropriation bill, lamented that the National Assembly cut the budgeted amount for the Enugu Terminal building from N2b, to N500m.

Reacting to that, the Nigerian Senate explained that the reason for the budget cut was because the Federal Government had already disbursed N1.7billion to the contractor, for the said project and as such approving the N2b request sent by Mr. President would be tantamount to giving the Presidency N1.7billion to loot.

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In series of tweets sent out through the Senate’s official Twitter handle, the Red Chamber stated that;

“However, for the avoidance of doubt, it is necessary to again clarify that during the budget defense and oversight processes, the National Assembly discovered that out of the N2billion contract for the Enugu Terminal Building, N1.7billion had already been paid to the contractor, and what is left to complete this project is just N300million. Hence, the National Assembly approved N500million for the project — which is even N200million more than was required.”

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The Senate drew the attention of Nigerians to a publication that proves this;

“We refer Nigerians to a publication in THISDAY newspaper published in April and titled ‘Giving Enugu Airport a Facelift’ and written by the newspaper’s Aviation correspondent, Chinedu Eze, where the Minister of State (Aviation), Mr. Hadi Sirika was quoted as saying ‘We just last week released N1.7billion to the contractor and hopefully also, within the shortest possible time, we will release another N300million for him so that they can quickly finish the airport terminal.’”

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