Senators of the ninth Assembly in Monday, July 29, condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari‘s led administration over various uncompleted projects across Nigeria.
The lawmakers rated the present government low during the screening of the former minister works, power and housing, Babatunde Fashola as one of the ministerial nominees.
Frowning at the inability of government to bring any project to completion during the period, the lawmakers said the present administration has enjoyed huge budgetary allocation for critical infrastructural needs.
Speaking during the screening process, Senators Francis Alimikhena and Adamu Aliero said since assuming office in 2015 no project was commissioned by Fashola nor his ministry.
The senators also asked Fashola what he intends to bring to the table regarding his renomination for a ministerial appointment by the president.
However, in his defence Fashola said projects takes time due to negotiations with parties involved.
“PPPs are complex. They take time to negotiate. Even here, in the Federal Government, we need to go through the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to advertise.”
He said in a government that has four years to show results and in a country where there are high expectations for results, skills must be paramount.
“Let me also say that PPPs are not attractive for all projects. I have learned to distinguish between social projects like roads and commercial projects like airports and hospitals where there is a daily cash count. Those are easier for private investors to want to put their money into, than roads and the risk of construction,” Fashola noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Senator Dino Melaye had faulted the screening process for the ministerial nominees before the ninth Senate.
The Senator said screening process adopted by the Senate is more of an adoption exercise. He also said he will not be part of a rubber stamp Senate.