Anambra assembly wants repayment of N43.5bn spent on federal projects


Anambra State House of Assembly has urged the Federal Government to reimburse the state the N43.5 billion expended on rehabilitation, maintenance and reconstruction of federal roads in the state.
The House passed the resolution following a motion sponsored to that effect by the member representing Anambra East Constituency, Obinna Emeneka and 28 others during Friday plenary.
The member representing Idemili North Constituency, Nkloli Nmegbuanaeze, seconded the motion.
Moving the motion, Emeneka emphasised that the said contracts had been completely executed and the various contractors fully paid at the expense of Anambra State government.
He affirmed that the state government had severally made request to the Federal Government for the reimbursement.
On his part, the member representing Njikoka Two Constituency, Peter Ibida, appealed to the Federal Government to pay back Anambra government the money as non-reimbursement of the fund had adversely affected the economy of the state.
In his contribution, the majority leader, Victor Okoye, noted that the continued delay in reimbursing the state government the said sum had stalled the completion of other ongoing road projects.
In their separate contributions, the member representing Orumba South Constituency Nikky Ugochukwu and her Idemili South Constituency counterpart, Chuka Ezenwanne, the member for Awka South one Constituency, Nnamdi Okoye and Romanus Obi, representing Orumba North Constituency, spoke in favour of the motion.
Deputy speaker, Hafford Oseke, and the member representing Aguata One Constituency, Ikechukwu Umeh, called on federal legislators from the state to prevail on the Federal Government to reimburse the state.
Speaker, Rita Maduagwu, urged the Federal Government to reimburse the present administration the money to enable it rehabilitate other roads that need urgent attention.