South-East Governors have criticized the Federal Government over the implementation of projects in the zone, saying the Federal Government short-changed states in the region in the implementation of capital projects in the 2017 budget.
But the Federal Government was quick to rebut this as both the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and his Power, works and Housing counterpart, Babatunde Fashola, said it was an unfortunate claim from governors who are aware of government’s intervention in the region.
The South East governors said they were interested in the 2017 approved budget because it was linked with the 2017-2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan of the present administration.
The governors bared their minds through the Director General of South-East Governors Forum, Simon Otuanya, who presented a monitoring report on performance of the 2017 federal capital budget in the South East.
Minister of Power, Works and Housing Babatunde Raji Fashola, while reacting to the South East governors’ claim yesterday said the allegation was not true, noting that the Federal Government has executed many projects in the South-East.