My topmost need is to provide water and light for the people – Gov. Bello


Alh Abubakar Sani Bello

Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, on Thursday, said that he has more pressing problems than expending N12billion for the completion of the airport project left behind by his predecessor, Babangida Aliyu.

?My topmost need is to provide water and light for the people, ensure there are adequate infrastructures in schools, and ?provide facilities for hospitals in the state? Bello said.

Bello stated this while inspecting the ?Minna Airport City project, initiated by his predecessor when he was told that about N12 billion would be needed to finish the project.

“I do not have money to pay for this project. I have more serious and pressing problems now. I have students sitting on the floor, people without drinking water, hospital without facilities, those are my priorities now or do you have money? If you have money, do it with your money and we will find a way to pay you later.

“I suggest the project be restructured. If we want to complete it, there is no money, if we do not complete it, it will waste away. Get someone who has money to invest in it to complete it.”

He lamented that even if ?the government get bond for the project, the project cannot be seen to bring in N2 billion every year insisting that the contractors need to restructure the project.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works,? Adamu Jagaba, explained that about N12 billion would be needed to complete the Minna Airport City project, adding that N800 million has already been expended on the project.

According to him, N600 million was expended for the City Tower, which is supposed to be 17 floors and the contractors are currently on the fourth floor, while N200 million has been expended for the shopping mall.

Jagaba further said that the project was being funded by the government, who had to take over when the private investors failed to meet up the stipulated time.

Earlier, the governor inspected the Legislative and Commissioners Quarters in the proposed Three Arms zone? in the state, expressing satisfaction over the level of work done.

“From what I have seen, I am impressed on the level of work done here. The challenge is to look for funds to finish it up, but we will look into it to ensure that the remaining houses in the legislative quarters are completed.”

He called on the Ministry of Works to ensure that there is water and light in place, before the houses are completed.

Meanwhile, the governor was unable to inspect the Minna Neo-Natal Hospital because the contractors have locked up the building, alleging that government is owing them N167 million.

It was gathered that the contractors are with the keys to the gate of the hospital and are currently in Abuja, adding that they have vowed not to return the keys until they are duly paid.

The governor then wondered why the project was commissioned when the project was yet to be completed.

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