The Northeast Governors Forum has called for execution of more Federal Government capital projects in 2021 to ensure rapid development of the region.
The forum expressed disappointment over the provision of N45.32 billion for capital projects in the region by the Federal Government budget for 2021.
The governors made the appeal in a communique issued at the end of the Third Meeting of the forum on Friday in Yola.
They noted that despite the challenges of development, especially the infrastructural deficit in the region, the federal government 2021 budget failed to present equity in the distribution of federal projects. “Forum notes with dismay, that despite the challenges of development especially, the infrastructural deficit in Northeast, the 2021 proposed budget makes provision for only N45.32 billion for capital projects in the region. “This represent a paltry 0.35 per cent of the proposed N13.02 trillion and this means the Northeast is highly short changed. “The Forum demands the National Assembly to review the 2021 budget in the spirit of equity and inclusion and we mandate the Northeast Caucus of both the Senate and House of Representatives to take immediate steps to redress this imbalance,” it said. Equally, the forum noted that the region has been unfairly treated in the provision of roads infrastructure by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
It further noted with dismay the slow or outright non-existent progress on the pace of the roads already allocated in the region. The forum called for immediate reactivation and review of the comatose existing road contracts in the region.