Politics Works Ministry Executed No Capital Project In 2017, Says Fashola; Blames 2017 Budget



Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), has said the works ministry was not able to implement capital projects in 2017.

Fashola said this on Wednesday when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Works to defend 2018 budget proposed by his ministry.

A member of the committee, Senator Barnabas Gemade had asked why the ministry (Works) had zero performance of capital projects in 2017.

The minister, however, blamed it on the late passage of the 2017 budget.

Fashola said, “The 2017 budget was passed in June. The procurement law requires a procurement plan which took till September. In following this law, the first release was in August. Most of the projects were going through procurement formalities such as tax identity, contract terms, even construction companies went on holidays. So, there were so many things.”

Chairman of the committee, Senator Kabiru Gaya, then asked about the amount of projects that were not procured in 2017 since there was a rollover of projects from 2016.

Fashola was unable to respond to the question, stating that even the Director of Planning in the ministry could not give a definite answer. He, however, pleaded with the committee to bring a detailed report later.