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2013 DELTA STATE BUDGET: ALLOCATIONS TO PROJECTS WITH UNCLEAR OR VAGUE COMPLETION TIMELINES

March 16, 2013

There have been various controversies trailing the development strides of Delta State government, under the administration of H.E Governor Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan. Reports in various print and online media have made for uncomfortable reading to some Deltans and most of the concerns point to projects abandonment, delays in projects completion, and failed or unfulfilled promises. Some of the recent media headlines read as follows:

  1. Delta To Revoke Sections of Ughelli-Asaba Road Dualization Project – Pointblanknews, 11/7/2012
  2. The Delta state House of Assembly is using indefinite closure to try and force the state government to complete projects – DailyTimesng, 30/10/2011
  3. Uduaghan Backs Assembly, Orders Contractors Back To Site – The Nigerian Voice, 31/10/2011
  4. UDUAGHAN TO REVOKE, RE-AWARD NON-PERFORMING CONTRACTS – govuduaghan website
  5. UDUAGHAN CONDEMNS PACE OF WORK ON UGBENU-KOKO ROAD DUALISATION PROJECT – govuduaghan website
  6. Effurun/Osubi/Eku Road: Assembly Committee Threatens To Revoke Contracts – The Pointer of 11/01/2013
  7. Delta lawmakers vow to make erring contractors refund money – The Nigerian Pilot Newspaper
  8. N27bn Fraud Rocks Delta IPP Project – Leadership, 16/01/2013
  9. IPP project: Delta receives turbine – Tribune, 11/05/2012
  10. Govt. to Commission Warri Industrial Park by 2015 – dstg website, 28/09/2012
  11. N100bn Warri Industrial and Business Park master plan for unveiling Feb. 18 – Vanguard, 09/02/2010
  12. DELTA EARMARKS N1.3B FOR ICT PARK – Ofili – FlashPointNews, 22/06/2012
  13. ICT Park to rake in $1b yearly for Delta –Uduaghan’s aide – Daily Independent, 31/07/2012
  14. EFCC investigates Uduaghan’s Multi-Billion Naira Asaba International Airport, Quizzes Govt. Officials – Sahara Reporters, 18/12/2012
  15. I’m Proud Of Asaba International Airport –Uduaghan – The Pointer, 26/04/2012
  16. Delta to expand Osubi Airport to accommodate cargo planes – Vanguard, 19/08/2009
  17. Koko Free Trade Zone to provide 250,000 jobs – Vanguard, 30/08/2009
  18. DELTA STATE FREE TRADE ZONE COMING ON STREAM SOON, SAYS UDUAGHAN – govuduaghan website
  19. ICPC Arrests Delta Officials, Contractors Over N6bn Projects – Leadership,19/01/2013
  20. Uduaghan’s Delta in the sand of time – Vanguard, 21/01/2013

The 2013 Budget has since been approved by the State House of Assembly, and what has become obvious is that, no matter the criticisms levelled on projects embarked upon in previous budget cycles for not having clear cut completion timelines, the section on the performance of the 2012 budget, made no mention of the level of completion achieved for the various projects. The question to ask here is where on the planet do individuals or governments initiate projects without having clear timelines for completion? These lapses have led to the possible good intentions of the government being misconstrued in some quarters that such projects are being used as drain pipes to misappropriate our common wealth. The onus is therefore on the government of the day to be transparent and accountable and one of such ways would be to publish in whatever medium deemed appropriate, relevant information on projects. In a recent newspaper release, Governor Uduaghan stated that “….I want to add that while leadership is an issue, the people have their own role as well. The people must hold their leaders to account in a responsible manner. And to do this, the people must also discharge their own obligations. The people must insist on truth, integrity and service to community as irreducible minimum in supporting any leader. If this were then to happen, we would sooner than we think have a culture of leadership that makes difference in a way that significantly alters the lives of our people for the better: a transformative leadership. And so for any leadership to be truly worth its name, it must make an impact in the lives of our people.” Some Deltans genuinely believe that such statements are made in good faith, and in testing this, we would continue to insist on the TRUTH from our leaders.

We are all in agreement that, the timely completion of the major infrastructural projects started by the government, will positively impact on the economic and social lives of Deltans. In seeking the truth from the government on the projects, we request that vital information (start date; contractors; cost; and completion timelines, where applicable), be made available to Deltans, which in turn will begin to revive the faith of the citizens in government’s dealings, as presently some of the completion timelines banded about are too vague to make any sense to most Deltans.

Below are the budgetary allocations to the major infrastructural projects started over the years and the further amounts allocated in the 2013 budget. It is instructive to note that the funds allocated in 2012 to these projects have been fully utilised, an assumption made based on the fact that government’s analysis of the 2012 fiscal budget shows that the total revenue equals total expenditure, amounting to N437,218,083,558.00 (N437.22billion).

The projects under review are:

  1. ASABA – UGHELLI ROAD DUALISATION – Over N19 billion spent by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Additional N5 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget. In the 2013 budget, the allocation to all on-going road projects came under the heading Road Networks and the amount allocated is N20.24 billion.
  2. KOKO – UGBENU ROAD DUALISATION – Over N3 billion spent by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Additional N2 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget.
  3. EFFURUN – OSUBI – EKU ROAD – Over N2 billion spent by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Additional N3.94 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget.
  4. TRANS WARRI -ODE ITSEKIRI ROAD AND BRIDGES – Over N6 billion spent by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Additional N5 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget.
  5. INDEPENDENT POWER PROJECT, OGHAREFE – A project started in 2009, with over N24 billion spent by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Additional N4 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget. In the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N4billion to the project.
  6. WARRI INDUSTRIAL PARK – Although a PPP, over N1 billion of State funds spent on master planning, EIA, consultancy etc. by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. Additional N3 billion earmarked was in the 2012 Budget. In the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N2billion to the project. The question to ask is, what has been the contribution of the private sector partners to the project?
  7. ICT PARK, ASABA – The Delta State government earmarked the sum of N1.3billion in the 2012 budget, to build a state of the art ICT park in Asaba, the Delta State capital.  In the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N1billion to the project. The ICT Park sited on the outskirts of Anwai-Asaba, and based on recent reports, the Park has not taken off beyond foundation level.
  8. ASABA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – Despite all the claims and government propaganda that the project has been completed and fully operational, N4 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget for the completion of the Airport. Again in the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N4billion to the project.
  9. SECOND RUNWAY AND EXPANSION OF OSUBI AIRPORT – Over N1.3 billion spent by the end of 2011 fiscal year. An additional N8 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget. In the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N4billion to the project.
  10. MASS TRANSPORTATION – Over N3 billion spent by the end of the 2011 fiscal year. An additional N9.4 billion was earmarked in the 2012 Budget. In the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N2.12billion for the sustenance of our mass transportation schemes. We must commend the government’s developmental strides in the transport sector.
  11. KOKO PORT FREE TRADE ZONE – Although a PPP project, N2 billion earmarked in the 2012 Budget, to facilitate the quick take-off of the FTZ project. In the 2013 budget, the government has allocated a further N7billion to the project. The question to ask is, what has been the contribution of the private sector partners to the project?

The government can win back the hearts of most Deltans, even if project completion timelines are missed, by imbibing the tenets of TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE.

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