Buruji Kashamu (Ogun East Senatorial District)
I am a native of Ijebu-Ode from Ijebu-Ode Local Government in Ogun State and am one of your constituents in the Ogun East Senatorial District. I do not know if your published email addresses are functional so kindly allow me to use this space to bring a matter of utmost importance to your attention.
On Thursday 22 June 2017, the Honourable Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fasola (BRF) informed the entire country that critical amounts of the funds appropriated for key road constructions across the country have been unilaterally cut by the members of the National Assembly (NASS).
Whilst the alleged cuts are nationwide, I am particularly concerned about the drastic reduction in funding for the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan ExpressWay as this is the number one expressway in West Africa and of Great economic significance.
According to the Hon. Minister, NASS has reduced the funding for this critical road from N30b to N10b. More worryingly, the Minister stated that his Ministry owes contractors on this road N15b, yet NASS in its wisdom has reduced the appropriated funds to N10b! I also understand the funding for the Oyo-Ogbomoso-Ilorin roads has also been cut.
I have read the responses by the spokespersons for NASS and they have not materially denied the Hon. Minister’s allegations. The Minister has alleged that NASS has substituted critical road networks with the building of boreholes and grinding machines in some constituencies.
As Senators representing Ogun State in the Senate, and who has sworn to protect the interest of the people of Ogun State (and MY Senator) I need to hear from you on this issue.
1. Were you aware of the cuts before they were made?
2. Did you partake in discussions leading to the decision being made on the cuts?
3. Did you agree to the cuts? If you did, what were the compelling reasons for these reductions?
We your constituents want to know WHY you took the decisions you did.
Prince Olubunmi Mebude