The highest students’ governing body in Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) said it would embark on a fact finding exercise to ascertain the reason the repair of 17 internal roads across the country’s tertiary institutions as provided in the 2021 budget have not been executed.
Remember that 2021 appropriation budget provided for over 700 million Naira for the rehabilitation of 17 internal roads across various higher institutions in the country to the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA).
The disclosure was contained in a statement signed by the Senate President of the association, Comrade Attah Felix Nnalue.
The statement read, “Recall that the 2021 Appropriation Budget provided for over 700 million Naira for the repair of internal roads in Seventeen (17) Tertiary institutions in the Country to the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). Year 2022 has just ran out and there is no evidence of the implementation of this budget provision in terms of repaired internal roads in our campuses.
“Bothered because Nigerian Students whose interest we swore to protect are the prime beneficiaries of these internal roads when repaired, we have in line with the freedom of information act, 2011 requested the state of implementation of the budget provision from the FERMA but have met a brick wall from an irresponsive FERMA.”
“In view of this, the Leadership of the Senate of NANS wishes to inform Nigerian Students, NANS Stakeholders and the general public that the Senate of NANS comprising of Principal Officers and SUG Presidents across campuses is embarking on a fact finding tour across those said campuses whose internal roads were billed for repairs to ascertain the level of internal roads repair therein or the otherwise of it and would communicate back the outcome and findings of this tour,” the statement stated.
NANS, however, said it would expose those frustrating the execution of the infrastructures at the end of its fact finding tour.