Monday, March 20, 2017

Governors must account for Paris Club refund, says lawmaker

The lawmaker representing Ikpoba-Okha/Egor Federal Constituency, Hon Ehiozuwa Agbonayinma, has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to ensu
re that state governors were made to account for the first tranche of Paris Club refund they collected.
Hon Agbonayinma said it was wrong for the state governors to collect the money with carrying lo.
cal government along in the disbursement.
In a chat with newsmen in Benin City, Hon Agbonayinma, said it was local government under the auspices of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) that engaged lawyers for the refund of the money.
Agbonayinma said it was proper for President Buhari to know how the first tranche was expended before any new disbursement of the loan refund.
According to him, “This money belongs to Nigerians but the local governments have not been carried along. The governors have decided to take local government for a ride. It is constitutional right for local government to exist.
“It was the ALGON who engaged lawyers to see how the money can be refunded back to the Federal government. Having done that, the right thing was to involve those that made it possible for the money to be refunded and rather the money was paid to Governors Forum.
Governors Forum is another parallel government. The governors should how back to their various states and provide governance. Some governors don’t have the interest of the people at heart. Some of the money paid in the first tranche went to voice mail. Some have gotten to private pockets. Some states have not paid salaries or pensioners from the loan refund.
“Those who fought for the money to return to Nigeria should benefit from the Paris Club refund. This action of the governors is totally wrong.”
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