Alleges corruption
by governors

THE DUST is yet to
settle anytime soon
on the Paris-London
Club Refund to state
governments as former
military governor of
Kaduna State, Col.
Abubakar Umar rtd, has
appealed to President
Muhammadu Buhari to
halt further refunds to
the states.
Already, the Economic
and Financial Crimes
Commission, EFCC, is
investigating allegations
of wrongdoing involving
some governors in the
first tranche of refund.
The Federal
Government had earlier
released N522.74 billion
of the Paris Club loan
refund to 36 states, but
failed to release details
of the disbursements.
President Muhammadu
Buhari had advised
the money be used
in settling arrears
of workers’ salaries,
retirees’ pension and
gratuities, which most of
the states failed to do.
Umar in a statement on
Monday said: “It is now
revealed that some state
governors contracted
consultants with fees
ranging from 10 to
30 per cent to secure
refund from the Federal
Government of Nigeria
“With this shocking
revelation, President
Muhammadu Buhari
should suspend his order
to the Federal Ministry of
Finance and the Central
Bank of Nigeria, CBN for
the release of the second
tranche of the refund.
“It is also evident
now that most of the
earlier released funds
were deployed for other
purposes than payment
of salaries and pension
arrears as directed by Mr
President. This impunity
has got to stop.”

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