FG recalls Paris Club refund for 5 states

FG recalls Paris Club refund for 5 states

- The federal government has ordered recall of the second tranche of the London and Paris Club Refunds disbursed to five states, amounting to about $2.7 billion

- Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, has, however, called for an emergency meeting of the forum over the recall

- Yari urged other governors to come along with at least three months evidence of salary payment as well as evidence of any challenge related to the payment of salaries

The federal government, on Monday, September 24, ordered recall of the second tranche of the London and Paris Club Refunds disbursed to five states, amounting to about $2.7 billion (N972 billion.)

Vanguard reports that the states involved are Delta, Imo, Benue, Rivers and Osun while Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is said to have reacted to the recall.

It was learnt that the chairman of the forum Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, however, called for an emergency meeting of the forum on Tuesday, September 25, at the NGF secretariat in Abuja.

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Yari, in the invite to the other governors, requested them to come along with at least three (3) months evidence of salary payment as well as evidence of any challenge related to the payment of salaries in their states.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, who confirmed that he received N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club refund from the federal government, vowed to use 80% of the funds for payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.

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Ortom's chief press secretary, Terver Akase, the governor confirmed the receipt of the fund on Thursday, September 20.

The statement read: ''Ortom has also set up a committee headed by the deputy governor, Engineer Benson Abounu to work out modalities for immediate disbursement of the funds.''

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