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The Cross River State House of Assembly has recommended that all the contractors who have been mobilized for work but abandoned the contracts in all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies be arrested and prosecuted.
The recommendation was made during the passing into law of the 2013 appropriation bill by the house after the third reading.
One project that was of great concern to the lawmakers was the comprehensive renovation of the 60 secondary schools that commenced in 2008.
The House observed that some of the contractors handling the jobs have either abandoned them or are delaying the jobs as against the contractual agreement.
The Assembly said part of the rules for awarding contracts for the renovation is One School per contractor, stressing that their findings have revealed that some of the contractors were awarded more than one school.
This, the Assembly said is affecting the government’s effort to provide quality education.
Meanwhile, the state 2013 Appropriation Bill was finally passed into Law on Wednesday.
According to a report of the House Committee on Appropriation, the House approved a new budget size of N152, 418,731,311.73 reflecting an increase of N 1,042,664,530.98, representing 0.68 percent.
A breakdown shows that the sum of N 44,770,691.776.16 was provided for the recurrent expenditure while the capital expenditure is to gulp the sum of N 107, 648, 03,545.57.
Presenting the report, the Chairman of the Committee, Rt. Hon. Jacob Otu Enyia said the timing of the presentation of the budget proposal to the House of Assembly by Governor Imoke in October 2012 is in total compliance with section 8 (1) of the Cross River State Public Finance Management Law No. 12 of 2012.
He said the seeming delay in the presentation of the report was necessitated by the Committee’s pursuit of achieving a realistic budget that is implementable, particularly in the face of the recent loss of oil wells.
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