NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC,
has solicited for close partnership
with the Independent Corrupt
Practices and other related offences
Commission, ICPC, in order to
properly monitor the disbursement
of the N338billion bailout funds
released by the federal government
for states to offset workers salaries
and other entitlements.
While directing its state councils
to serve as whistle blowers on any
criminal diversion of the bailout
funds, the congress expressed fear
that if such partnership was not
done, state governors might divert
the money for things other than the
primary purpose for which it was
released.
The breakdown of the figures
to states shows Abia State with
N14.152billion; Adamawa
(N2.378billion); Bauchi (N8.60billion);
Bayelsa (N1.285billion);
B e n u e ( N 2 8 . 0 1 3 b i l l i o n ) ;
Borno(N7.680billion); Cross
River(N7.856billion); Delta
(N10.036billion); Ebonyi
(N4.063billion); Edo (N3.167billion);
Ekiti (N9.604billion); Enugu
(N4.207billion).
Others are Gombe (N16.459billion)
and Imo (N26.806billion);
Kastina (N3.304billion);
Kebbi (N0.690billion); Kogi
(N50.842billion); Kwara
(N4.320billion); Nasarawa
(N8.317billion); Niger(N4.306billion);
Ogun (N20billion); Ondo
(N14.686billion); Osun(N34.988b);
Oyo( N26.606billion); Plateau
(N5.357billion); Sokoto
(N10.093billion) and Zamfara
(N10.020billion).
NLC president, Comrade Ayuba
Wabba, while commending the anti
graft agency under the chairmanship
of Mr. Ekpo Nta for returning
about N1 billion being public funds
criminally diverted by some corrupt
officials of the Federal Ministry of
Environment and the Federal Pay
Office, encouraged them to double
their effort in recovering other funds
looted from the Nigerian treasury.
“We salute the renewed effort and
commitment of ICPC to recover
looted public funds and other
proceeds arising from criminal
activities linked to corruption
investigations. In doing so, ICPC
is commendably living up to its
mission statement which is to rid
Nigeria of corruption through
lawful enforcement and preventive
measures.”
However, ICPC had few days ago
returned N924million diverted from
the account of the Federal Ministry
of Environment meant for the Great
Green Wall, GGW, an initiative of
the federal government designed to
assuage the crises faced by over 43
million Nigerians on desertification
in 11 northern states of Adamawa,
Bauchi, Gombe, Kebbi, Sokoto,
Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe
and Borno, and 43 local government
areas which will be covered to
rehabilitate 225,000 hectares of land


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