Federal Government has cut down its annual budget allocation to the Ministry of works to 11billion naira from it’s usual 100billion naira yearly allocation. The information was revealed yesterday by the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen during his appearance before the Senate Committee on Works to defend his ministry’s budget proposal.
Aside the ministry’s capital budget proposal slashed from the projected N100billion to just N11billion by the Ministry of Finance in view of economic realities on ground, zero allocations were made for capital projects of FERMA and office of Surveyor -General of the Federation,OSGF.
He complained about the reduced allocation stating that out of the 210 ongoing road and bridge projects, only 33 have been delivered and sustainance is unprovided for.
No provisions have been made for other departments of the ministry such as road and bridge design departments, mechanical and electrical department as well as service department.
Mike Onolememen also revealed that the Federal Government has been owing the Ministry since 2011.
It is important to emphasize that the performance of the Ministry would have been considerably enhanced if the outstanding budgeted funds of N53.131billion had been released to the Ministry,. More importantly if the cumulative outstanding budgeted funds of N203, 392, 075, 947.25 for the period spanning 2011 to 2014 had been released, the total indebtedness would have been brought down from N230billion to N27billion.
Senator Ayogu Eze, under the flagship of PDP North said the budget is too low for the sector as they need 500 billion annually for road construction and maintenance compared to the 11 billion being allocated.
The picture being painted by this budget profile is very grim. We are in a period of crisis which we must all manage very critically.