Budget problems delaying Ghazni projects, summoned officials say
Mon Jun 04, 1:05 pm
A number of Afghan lawmakers on Sunday’s Wolesi Jirga session demanded the government to bring to trial the officials who had the responsibility for preparing Ghazni City to serve as the Center of Islamic Civilizations by 2013.
The House of Representatives summoned the Ministers of Information and Culture, Urban Development, the Governor of Ghazni and the representatives of local bodies to brief the House on the slow-going Ghazni projects.
The MPs stated that though few months remained before Ghazni will serve as the Center of Islamic Civilization, no significant work for Ghazni preparation has been accomplished by the relevant ministries.
The Minister of Information and Culture Syed Makhdom Rahin told the House that the ministry was responsible for reconstruction and restoration of 32 ancient sites. Of those sites, 10 projects have been completed, while works were underway on five others.
Urban Development Minister Hasan Abdullahi said they had not yet been provided the budget therefore the works related to them remained incomplete.
Though the security situation has improved, Ghazni Governor Muhammad Musa Akbarzada, said many works remain to be completed.
The Information and Culture Ministers of Islamic Countries in gathered in Tripoli, Libya, in 2007. There they agreed to name Ghazni city as the Center of Islamic Civilization.
In the years that have passed since the announcement, millions of dollars have been allocated for Ghazi reconstruction, but still no significant changes have occurred in Ghazni.