In a bid to forestall waste of scarce financial resources accruing to state, the Kogi State House of Assembly has directed Kogi State Ministry of Works to provide a comprehensive list of all abandoned projects in the state.
The directive which came in a motion sponsored by the member representing Bassa constituency noted that the abandoned Oguma Sheria Bridge has caused untold hardship among the people of the said community affecting both economic and revenue generation, in the area. Hon Sunday Shigaba, representing Bassa constituency at the resumed plenary, yesterday told the lawmakers that the socio-economic value and need for the bridge cannot be underestimated.
The parliamentarian while underscoring the need for the reconstruction of the bridge also said the immediate past government led by Capt Idris Wada awarded the contract for the reconstruction of the bridge but it was not completed before the government folded up.
In their various contributions, the lawmakers said government is a continuum and there is no room for waste.
Linus Eneche from Olamaboro constituency, Godwin Osuyi, Ogori Magongo, John Abba, Ibaji all added that if reconstructed, it will boost economic activities and enhance the state’s revenue.
In his contribution, the majority leader, Hon Mathew Kolawole expressed worry on the level of abandoned projects since the state was created in 1991, noting that the viable ones which could contribute to life of the state should be resuscitated.
In the same vein, chairman of the House Committee on Works, Hon Victor Omofaye, representing Ijumu noted that, the committee will treat the case holistically for desired result to ensure it meets the demand of the people.
He added that, the said Oguma Sheria Bridge was listed in the 2016 budget stressing that the money channelled for the project will not be diverted.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Umar A Imam explained that the motion was timely as it affects the social economic activities of the entire state.
In another development a motion calling on the Kogi State government to direct AEDC to step up electricity supply in Isanlu township and other communities in Yagba East has been adopted by the Assembly.