Reps task Fashola on breakdown of 2016 habitat’s budget

Babatunde Fashola

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, yesterday appeared before the House Committee on Environment and Habitat, promising to submit a breakdown of how the 2016 budget on habitat was spent.

Fashola explained that he was not conversant with the last year’s expenditure on habitat, but would supply the data after conveying a meeting of the ministry’s technical committee.

The Chairman of the committee, Obinna Chidoka, said the minister had failed to come with the details, despite the fact that it had officially written to him to do so.

Chidoka said Fashola was in a better position to explain the sub-sector’s expenditure, since housing and urban ministries were merged with that of power and works.

He urged the minister to include the extent, to which the previous allocations were utilised, to enable the committee to make provision for adequate funding.

The minister said a breakdown on the actual allocation, expenditure, outstanding projects and projections in the sector would be sent to the committee in a few days time.

Fashola announced that the ministry would roll out its habitat agenda to accommodate workers in the public and private sector, particularly persons with low incomes.

He added that workers from grade levels 08 to 15 would also benefit from the scheme.

According to him, the new policy would be made flexible to accommodate the building needs of Nigerians across ethic, cultural and religious backgrounds.

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