SURE-P Projects Gulp N280 Bn In Two Years

surepProjects under the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) have gulped N280 billion accros the country since its inception in the past two years.
This was disclosed to State House correspondents yesterday by a member of SURE-P Board, Mazi Sam Ohuabuwa, after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, Abuja.
Stressing that the N280 billion was spent on rojects including road and railway, he said that the sum was part of the N360 billion allocated to the programme while the remaining N80 billion was rolled over.
His words: “It is important to know that in two years of our existence, we have spent less than N300 billion. Out of the N360 billion that was allocated to us, we rolled over N80 billion, so we spent about N280 billion.”
“That’s what we used to get the East-West Road to where it is, the rail line running from Kano to Lagos, and all the works that have been done.
“So you can imagine if the over N1trillion that was spent on subsidy is released for this kind of work, Nigeria will get the best of services.” He added
On his part, SURE-P Chairman, Gen. Martin Luther Agwai (rtd.) said that beside intervening in the Abuja-Lokoja Road, SURE-P has done well in the area of maternal health by upgrading 500 health centres while work was ongoing on another 700 health facilityn.
According to him, through the SURE-P projects, deaths due to child births have been reduced by almost 60%.
He said: “We have sank over 620 boreholes to give our mothers good health, good pipe borne water and we are also providing health medications and Mama kits for expectant mothers.”
“From the reports we have had on the contributions of SURE P, Maternal Health Care, under SURE P, we have been able to reduce by almost 60% the number of death due to child births.”
“Now we have over half a million women giving birth under professionally organised midwives which was not the case in the past.” He said
He explained that N90 billion was rolled over in 2012 because SURE- P did not start on time while N88 billion was rolled over in 2013 into 2014.
He said that the e programme is doing. everything possible to ensure zero budget roll over in 2014.
SURE-P, he said has learnt from the lessons of previous years.