Reps Investigate Budget Office Over Alleged N46.5bn Road Project

The House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee  last week, re-opened investigations into an allegation of dual payments of N46.5 billion contract for the expansion of Airport road and Kubwa Expressway road in Abuja by the  budget office of the federation.

This is as it queried the office  over N1.136 billion used for Agricultural Development International Fund for 2010 and N2.272 billion in its register in 2012.

The committee while recalling that officials of the budget office had appeared before it over the matter on June 1, 2016, and were asked to furnish the committee with their defense in writing and supporting documents, expressed shocked that the matter was yet to be dealt with, satisfactorily.

However, the director general, Budget Office ,Ben Akabueze informed the committee that he had made several unsuccessful attempts  to meet with the relevant ministries, agencies and consultants of the contract when he was confronted with the allegation upon his resumption of office in 2016.

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Akabueze ,who explained that he invited them for a meeting on July 2 last year added that only a few of them honoured the invitation.

He urged  the committee to compel them to explain their various roles in the contract.

“Mr chairman, we appeared  before you on June 1 last year when we were invited to explain this issue of N46, 500,000,000 said to have been paid double for the rehabilitation and expansion of Airport road and Kubwa Expressway in Abuja.

“As at the time of contract and payments for it, I had not been appointed as DG. I resumed on 9th June last year.

“But I am aware that when the matter came up, the budget office appeared before you last year on June 1, 2016 and had provided all documents relating to the contract to you as required.

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