The State House of Assembly has passed a resolution urging the Federal Govt to reimburse the State Government the sum of forty three point five billion naira (₦43.5b) being the the total amount expended on the rehabilitation, maintenance and reconstruction of federal roads in the state.
The motion was moved by the member representing Anambra East Constituency, Hon. Pharm.Chris Obinna Emeneka during plenary in Awka.
Moving the motion, Hon.Pharm.Chris Obinna Emeneka emphasized that the said contracts have been completely executed and the various contractors fully paid at the expense of Anambra State Government while waiting to be reimbursed by the Federal Government despite the fact that several requests have already been made for the reimbursement.
Hon Emeneka said that if the money is reimbursed, it will help our hard working Governor Willie Obiano Continue and Complete the good work he is doing.
On his part,the member representing Njikoka Two Constituency, Dr. Pete Ibida appealed to the Federal Government to pay back Anambra State Government the money as non reimbursement of the fund has adversely affected the economy of the state.
In his contribution, the Majority Leader,Chief Victor Okoye noted that the continued delay in reimbursing the State Government the said sum has stalled the completing of other ongoing road projects.
In their separate contributions, the member representing Orumba South Constituency, Princess Nikky Ugochukwu and her Idemili South Constituency counterpart, Mr Chuka Ezenwune ,the member for Awka South one constituency, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor and Chief Romanus Obi representing Orumba North Constituency spoke in favour of the motion.
The Deputy Speaker, Chief Hafford Oseke and the member representing Aguata One constituency, Dr.Ikechukwu Umeh called on legislators from Anambra State in the National Assembly to get the Federal Government to reimburse the said sum as representatives of the state.
Speaker of the House, Barrister Rita Maduagwu urged the Federal Government to reimburse the present administration the said sum to enable it rehabilitate other roads that need other attention
**Written by Chukwu Emeka Modilim (ABS)