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Commotion in Benue state as FG recalls N14.9b Paris Club debt refund

Commotion in Benue state as FG recalls N14.9b Paris Club debt refund

- Benue workers fault the decision of the federal government to recall the N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club debt refund already paid to the state

- Some Benu workers slumped when they heard that FG recalled the Paris Club debt refund already given to the state

- Former governor of Nasarawa, Abdullahi Adamu, accuses Governor Tanko Al-makura of blackmailing him

Some workers in Benue state slumped at the state secretariat on Tuesday, September, 25, when they heard that the federal government had recalled the N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club debt refund already paid to the state.

The news reportedly caused commotion among thousands of state and local government workers who were shocked by the report.

The Sun reports that some workers who slumped after they heard the news were later revived by their colleagues.

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Governor Samuel Ortom had on Monday, September 24, directed the state’s ministry of finance to commence immediate disbursement of the funds to workers before the funds were recalled.

Legit.ng learnt that Benue civil servants are being owed seven months salaries while local government workers and pensioners were owed 11 and 15 months, respectively.

My joy knew no bounds when I first heard the news of the release of the funds to the state government.

“Then, I felt all my financial problems were over and I would be able to pay my debts.

“You can now see why I am uncontrollably angry at the news of the recall of the funds,” a staff said.

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Another worker blamed the state government for delaying disbursement of the funds. He said the federal government would have had nothing to reclaim if the state governor had speedily disbursed the money to workers.

In another report, the former governor of Nasarawa state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has accused the incumbent governor, Tanko Al-Makura, of wasting taxpayers' money to probe him in other to intimidate him into silence in the party, All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Al-Makura had set up a 10-member committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the abandonment of the the N4.5 billion Farin-Ruwa independent power plant project during Adamu's administration.

Adamu, however, described the committee as a mismanagement and misplacement of the state resources.

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