Senator Kamorudeen Lere Oyewumi, the Deputy Minority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, has stated that the Senate has found over 10,000 government projects that had been abandoned at various points.
Oyewumi said the Upper Legislative Chamber has approved a comprehensive investigation into the dormant projects with the goal of reviving them where necessary for the benefit of the nation.
The senator for Osun West told reporters that the investigation will determine whether or not the projects were feasible, why they were scrapped, and how much money had already been spent on them.
Experts in various sectors have been brought together, he said, to assess whether or not the current administration should attempt to resurrect the projects and, if so, how much it would cost.
An additional suggestion was dropped by the ex-Commissioner of the National Population Commission, NPC, that contractors who had previously abandoned their sites would be tracked down and persuaded to resume work.
When someone is caught breaking the law, he or she will be turned over to anti-corruption officials, he or she said.
After lamenting how commonplace it is for projects to be abandoned, the senator promised that the current administration would take swift action to remedy the embarrassing problem.
“With the ‘committee assignment’ procedure finished and senators placed on committees, they are off to a solid start investigating examples of abandoned projects.
Committee assignments have been made for the tenth Senate. The Senate is now on recess and will return on September 25 ready to get back to work. Here’s what I need to share with you. The 10th Senate has been dubbed the “corrective senate” by us.
Many discussions and brainstorming sessions went into developing this idea. The majority of senators serving in the 10th Congress are serving their third or fourth terms in office. They served in previous governments. Therefore, we have witnessed errors, and if we discover an error, we must alter our practices.
We’ll keep getting the same poor result if we don’t. If the 10th Senate is indeed a “corrective senate,” as we have dubbed it, then you should know that our actions and policies will be different from what you are used to.
Let me give you a hint: we found that there are over 10,000 unfinished construction projects in the United States.
All the necessary steps have been taken on these projects, and the government considers them completed and delivered to the community they were intended for.
The senator lamented that “when you get there, nothing has been done,” and he urged Nigerians to help the Senate as much as possible in order to accomplish its aims.
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