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Fiscal Responsibility Commission to verify 95 capital projects

The Fiscal Responsibility Commission will on Monday commence verification of 95 Federal Government capital projects across the six geopolitical zones.

Acting Chairman of the FRC, Victor Muruako, who disclosed this on Friday in Abuja, said the exercise, to be undertaken yearly, was in accordance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

He explained that the 2019 verification would mostly focus on projects being executed by the Nigeria Police Force and the Federal Road Safety Corps, as well as those in the aviation sector.

The exercise was aimed at ascertaining the actual existence of the concerned projects, and monitor the progress of work done so far, he added,

Muruako said this was to ensure maximum value for the money that was released for the projects.

He noted that the exercise would place emphasis on prudence, accountability, value-for-money and transparency in project execution.

“Verification must be done within the Medium Term Expenditure Framework so as to ensure that government embarks on projects that it has the ability to fund,” Muruako noted, adding that it had helped to reduce cases of abandoned projects.

Some of the projects earmarked for verification in the South-West are the extension and asphalt overlay of Murtala Muhammed International Airport runway; completion of control/technical tower at Ibadan airport; rehabilitation of Lagos-Sagamu dual carriageway section 1 in Lagos State, and dualisation of Ijebu-Ode-Ibadan Road, Phase 1.

In the South-East, the FRC will verify projects such as the rehabilitation of Otuocha-Anam-Nzam-Innoma-Iheaka-Ibaji section of Otuocha-Ibaji-Odulu-Ajegwu in Anambra State, as well as ongoing work at the Federal Neuro-Psychiatrist Hospital, Enugu.

The commission is also billed to verify the work on police stations and barracks in parts of the country.

The completion of Control Tower/Technical Building at Benin airport is among the projects to be verified in the South-South, according to the commission.

Projects listed for verification in the North-East are Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, power evacuation project at Kashimbila Dam, and state office of the FRSC in Gombe State.

Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the FRC, Moshood Tijani, said paucity of funds was a major challenge in the execution of the verification.

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