2016 Budget Proposal: Don’t change our plans, Fashola begs Senate


Niger Bridge under construction
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN on Wednesday led the management team of his Ministry at the 2016 Budget Defence Session of the Senate Committee on Works with a passionate appeal that the focus and plan of the proposed plans be retained in order to achieve the much desired change and positive objectives of the Budget.
The Minister in his presentation of the main thrust of the Medium Term Sector Strategy 2016 – 2018 Budget proposals of his Ministry explained that the objective is to ensure that on going projects in the six geopolitical zones of the country are completed within the shortest possible time as distinct from the practice in the past, where the inadequate budgetary provision is spread thin over so many projects without much being completed.
According to Fashola, economic roads that will ensure connectivity between hubs of commerce and generate employment; roads bearing the heaviest traffic and those nearing completion are being given priority over the next three budget cycles, urging the Senate to trust him and the Ministry to deliver the desired objectives by not changing the proposed plans.
From the proposals, the first priority projects envisaged for the 2016 Budget are those on arterial highways and major river crossings which carry high volume of traffic and are critical to the economic well-being of the country with a total length of 2,192.76 km, distributed across the various zones.
“Some members of the Committee, have of course, pointed out that they wanted to see a plan. There is a plan before you and it is a plan that I appeal that you should kindly look at in more detail. It is perhaps different from what has been …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper