- The issue of Paris Club refund recall to Benue and some other states was not discussed at all at the FAAC meeting, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance said
- Mahmoud Dutse said FAAC was not the meeting for the discussion of such matters as it was a technical matter
- The alleged recall had elicited shocking reactions from hundreds of workers in Benue
The permanent secretary at the Ministry of Finance, Mahmoud Dutse, has disclosed that the issue of the reversal of the Paris Club refund made to some states was not discussed at the Federation Account Allocation Committee.
He made the disclosure on Wednesday, September 26, in response to questions raised by journalists shortly after the FAAC meeting in Abuja, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the alleged recall of the final tranche of the Paris Club refund earlier paid to the Benue state government had elicited shocking reactions from hundreds of workers in the state.
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Speaking on the alleged development, the Benue state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Godwin Anya, stated: “I don’t know the reason for the recall of the Paris Club loan refund. Everybody has been expecting to be paid because the governor on Monday (September 24) directed the payment of salary arrears.
“I don’t know the reason for that nonsense; I don’t know where this country is heading to.”
Two workers were also alleged to have slumped after getting word of the recall of the funds.
However, Dutse, in response to why the money was reversed for Benue and some other states, said FAAC was not the meeting for the discussion of such matters.
He said: “The Paris Club refund is not really a FAAC matter; FAAC meets to review revenue collection in the Federation Account and agree on the distribution. The issue of Paris Club refund is a technical matter and we did not discuss it at all at this meeting.
“So, what I think is that you should direct the question to the appropriate agency of government and you will get the correct answer; I don’t want to mislead you.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government, on Monday, September 24, ordered the recall of the second tranche of the London and Paris Club refunds disbursed to five states, amounting to about $2.7 billion (N972 billion.)
The states involved are Delta, Imo, Benue, Rivers and Osun.
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