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Senators, aviation agencies lament poor funding of projects

Members of the Senate Committee on Aviation and Heads of agencies in the Ministry of Aviation on Wednesday, complained of partial releases of funds for project execution even where such funds have been appropriated in the budget.

They stated this during the 2014 budget defence at the senate by the Ministry, Departments and Agencies under it.

They observed that funds were not being released in full and that where funds were released it may not have cash backing.

Consequently, they noted, the projects for which the funds were meant suffer as execution were either slow or rolled over into the next budget.

The Accident Investigation and Prevention Bureau for instance said N35m was budgeted for the Construction of Flight Equipment Laboratory, but all the money was not accessed in 2013, sequel to which the project has been rolled over into the 2014 Budget.

The Commissioner in charge of AIB, Mr. Felix Abali, told the committee that only N4.5m was released for the project last year and in the 2014 budget of N45m has been proposed for its completion.

He said, “When completed , accident investigation would be faster and efficient.”

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