Paris Club refund: Governors demand release of 50% balance by November

The governors of the 36 states of the federation have demanded the release of the outstanding Paris Club refund by November to enable them include it in their 2018 budget appropriation.

The governors who met with President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, in his office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, were led by the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari.

Those in the delegation were Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom (South South), Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi (North West), Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara (North Central), deputy governor of Ebonyi, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe (South East), Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi (North East) and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo (South West).

The Federal Government had earlier disbursed a total of N760.17 billion in two tranches of N243.79 billion each to the 36 state governments and the Federal Capital Territory.

A breakdown of the payment showed that Abia got N5.72 billion; Adamawa, N6.11 billion; Akwa Ibom, N10 billion; Anambra, N6.12 billion; Bauchi, N6.88 billion; Bayelsa, N10 billion; Benue, N6.85 billion; and Borno N7.34 billion.

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Cross River got N6.08 billion, Delta, N10 billion; Ebonyi, N4.51 billion; Edo, N6.09 billion; Ekiti, N4.77 billion; Enugu, N5.36 billion; Gombe, N4.47 billion; Imo, N7 billion; Jigawa, N7.11 billion; and Kaduna, N7.72 billion.

Kano got N10 billion, Katsina, N8.2 billion; Kebbi, N5.98 billion; Kogi, N6.03 billion; Kwara, N5.12 billion; Lagos, N8.37 billion; Nasarawa, N4.55 billion; Niger, N7.2 billion; and Ogun, N5.7 billion.

The others were Ondo, N7 billion; Osun, N6.3 billion; Oyo, N7.9 billion; Plateau, N5.64 billion; Rivers, N10 billion; Sokoto, N6.44 billion; Taraba, N5.61 billion; Yobe, N5.41 billion; Zamfara, N5.44 billion; and the Federal Capital Territory, N684 million.

Buhari had approved the amount in partial settlement of long standing claims by state governments relating to over-deduction from their allocations from the Federation Account for external debts service arising between 1995 and 2002.

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