HOW DID YOUR GOVERNOR SPEND THE PARIS CLUB REFUNDS?


On the PARIS CLUB REFUNDS:
In spite of the ecstasy that greeted the Federal Government’s release of N522 billion being the first tranche of London-Paris Clubs loan refund to the states in December last year, President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent directive that the second tranche of the fund should be released without further delay is now mired in controversy. The President had at the National Economic Council meeting in Abuja on Thursday, March 16, directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to implement the instruction “appropriately and with dispatch.” The amount to be refunded to the states in the second tranche is reportedly about N500 billion.
President Buhari had premised his directive on the need for the states to be able to settle backlogs of unpaid salaries and pension arrears of their workers.  “One of these basic things is the issue of salaries.  It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,” the President was quoted to have said via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
But rather than jubilate over the development, Nigerian workers appear to be disapproving of any further disbursement of the fund to the states presently. The leadership of both the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) had expressed reservations over how the initial refund was spent by the state governors and were therefore circumspect over the release of further refunds. The workers’ unions urged the Federal Government to withhold the funds until it must have investigated how the governors expended the initial refund.

“It should be noted that if the Federal Government under the watch of President Buhari had found anything corrupt, illegal and unpatriotic about the payment or the utilisation of the first tranche of the Paris- London Clubs Fund repayment to states, it would not have approved the payment of the second tranche to the states. After all, we all know the unimpeachable level of commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari on the issues of transparency and accountability.”

Below is the breakdown of the $6.9billion Paris Club Refund to 36 States, FCT

Follow-up on your governor to ensure the utilization of this fund. Don't sit at the fence.

1. Abia - $151, 410, 816.39
2. Adamawa - $161, 968, 221.27
3. Akwa Ibom - $344, 122,584.90
4. Anambra - $162, 163, 091.98)
5. Bauchi - $182, 192, 756.59
6. Bayelsa - $329, 744, 322.49
7. Benue - $81, 580, 708.60
8. Borno - $194, 461, 850.74
9. Cross River - $160, 936, 263.51
10. Delta - $365, 655, 143.86
11. Ebonyi - $119, 419,427.28
12. Edo - $161, 354, 346, .83
13. Ekiti - $126, 432, 758.86
14. Enugu - $142, 034, 156.54
15. Gombe - $118,486,826.45
16. Imo - $185, 451, 792. 92
17. Jigawa - $188, 282, 561.77
18. Kaduna - $204, 549, 118.60
19. Kano - $287, 952, 190.23
20. Katsina - $217, 274, 991.01
21. Kebbi - $158,344,357.37
22. Kogi - $159, 674,903.18
23. Kwara - $135, 646, 207
24. Lagos - $223, 773, 195.58
25. Nasarawa - $120, 557, 593.92
26. Niger - $191, 014, 388.20
27. Ogun - $152, 036, 415.75
28. Ondo - $185, 527, 107.67
29. Osun - $167, 261, 095.11
30. Oyo - $209, 314, 168. 61
31. Plateau - $149, 512, 027.96
32. Rivers - $462, 593, 183.07
33. Sokoto - $170, 625, 921.77
34. Taraba - $148, 662,635.52
35. Yobe - $143, 393,460. 04
36. Zamfara - $144, 169, 154. 81
37. FCT - $18, 142, 185.

Credits:
Daily Sun.

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