13 November 2020 by James Itodo
The Federal Ministry of Housing says it has outlined budget implementation plan for the 2021 fiscal year that will see to completion of ongoing projects across the Country.
The Minister of Works and Housing , Babatunde Raji Fashola stated this in Abuja while defending the 2021 budgetary proposals for the Ministry of Housing before the National Assembly joint Committee on Housing .
According to the Minister , prioritization of projects by the Ministry for the 2021 fiscal year was necessitated by the difficult situation at hand of having N76billion approved for capital projects in the coming fiscal year, a little above the N69.9billion outstanding liabilities.
The liabilities, he explained are monies owed the various contractors handling series of capital projects for the Ministry across the Country.
Other projects targeted for completion by the Ministry in the 2021 fiscal year as declared by the Minister are: completion of ongoing Federal Secretariats in Anambra , Bayelsa, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Osun and Zamfara States.
Others are, Upgrading, completion and running of Building Craft Training Schools in Yaba and Onikan, Lagos State.
Design and installation of Solar Power PV Microgrid System and Energy Retrofitting of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters , Mabushi, Abuja among others.
He explained that the major factor militating against timely completion of projects is insufficient budgetary provisions which requires affected agencies to go the extra mile in getting the required funds for project implementation .
Aside poor budgetary provisions , Fashola told the Committee members that another challenge the ministry is grappling with and by extension the Nation is that of maintenance of Public Buildings.
The Chairman of the Committee , Senator Sam Egwu assured the Minister that the 2021 budgetary estimates for the Housing sector would be critically looked into with a view to making appropriate Appropriation for the Ministry ….