The Ogun State Government has demanded a refund of N100 billion from the Federal Government over the construction and rehabilitation of federal roads within the State.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite, who disclosed this, said although the State plans to spend about N200 billion on general roads, it has so far expended N100 billion on the project.
Adegbite, according to a statement signed by the spokesman of his Ministry, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso, stated this while featuring on a radio programme in Abeokuta, the State capital.
“What we have spent now and what we are asking for is just N100 billion. But I don’t think the Federal Government has the money to pay every State. I think Lagos State has the highest pay from the FG in terms of the federal roads constructed. What the FG is doing is a good start, at least she should pay something reasonable.
“Before I came in as Commissioner, there was a verification exercise in 2011, which of course dealt with the roads that were done in the past in parts of the State. As at that time, what was ascertained then was about N4.5 billion, that is yet to be paid and inclusive of this, the FG is to pay us N100 billion”, Adegbite added.
He assured that as soon as the money starts coming in from the government at the centre, the State Government would plough it back into the ongoing road projects in the State, adding that the Governor Ibikunle Amosun administration is committed to making sure that all the projects are completed before the expiration of its tenure.
The Commissioner equally pointed out that the dividends derivable from the massive road construction works have begun to manifest in the State as more local and foreign investors are showing interest in doing business in the Gateway State.