As protesters marched across Benue and Kogi over non-payment of salaries, the Kogi House of Assembly has called on the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to release without further delay, the bailout loan fund meant for the state to address the plight of civil servants.
The call was made on Wednesday at plenary in Lokoja following the adoption of a motion of Urgent Public Importance raised by Mr. Sunday Shigaba (PDP-Bassa) urging the apex bank to urgently release the funds.
Soliciting the support of members of the house for the motion, Shigaba said the legislators would no longer keep mute while their constituents passed through pains for a cause that was not peculiar to the state.
The lawmaker commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s policy initiative to ameliorate the suffering of the masses across the federation by making available the bailout fund for states to access in view of the “gloomy economic reality.”
Shigaba said that the intervention policy approach of Mr President with which the country woke up with a sigh of promissory relieve was being thwarted by the Central Bank through selective release of funds and denial of some others, including Kogi State.
The legislator therefore appealed to the CBN to remove, “all undue bottlenecks imposed directly or indirectly to deliberately hinder states and in particular, Kogi from accessing the bailout funds meant for the people.
“And in the alternative, come up with explanations as to why some states are given express access while some are not,” he said.
He urged the apex bank not to, in any way and by any means, frustrate the policy thrust of President Buhari’s administration in its commitment to ensuring a corrupt free society, Rule of Law, fairness, equality and poverty alleviation among others.
Seconding the motion, Mr Friday Sani (PDP-Igalamela/Odolu) described the motion as crucial and timely while the Majority Leader of the house, Mr Matthew Kolawole said the loan was for the good of the entire state and its people.
“The fund will benefit all irrespective of party affiliation. Whoever is behind the denial should please refrain, what will be, will be. If Wada will win the election, he will win with or without the fund,” he expressed.
Speaker of the house, Alhaji Momoh-Jimoh Lawal in his ruling on the motion said the welfare of civil servants was paramount to the house, saying that the bailout mostly concerned them.
Lawal passed the motion following overwhelming voice vote by members though some APC members complained that the speaker did not give them recognition to make their own inputs.

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