- 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
- The sum of N14.9 billion was recalled from Benue state accounts
- Following rumours that N4 billion had been deducted from Benue state's money, Governor Ortom has said the state will accept nothing less than the N14.9 billion back to the state accounts
Governor Samue Ortom of Benue has warned that nothing must happen to the N14.9 billion Paris club funds due to the state.
The governor was reacting to rumours that N4 billion had been deducted from the money, days after the federal government ordered the recall of the second tranche of the funds.
“We hope that the rumour remains a mere rumour. Nothing must happen to the N14.9 billion the federal government recalled from Benue state accounts,” a statement sent to journalists by the governor's spokesman, Terver Akase warned.
The statement further said: “If this is a ploy to sell a dummy to the people and later take away the said amount of N4 billion, those selling the dummy had better changed tactics, for their game plan has already failed. We will accept nothing less than the N14.9 billion back to the state accounts!
“Agents of such rumours should be told that the Benue state ministry of finance received withdrawal notification ( bank alert) the very minute the N14.9 billion was taken out of the state accounts by the federal government, so anyone hoping to play games with the government and people of the state needs to come up with another gimmick.
“What we do know is that Benue's N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club refund is intact in the custody of the federal government and will soon be returned to the state."
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Last week, Governor Ortom confirmed that he received N14.9 billion final tranche of the Paris Club refund from the federal government, vowing to use 80% of the funds for payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities.
According to a statement obtained by Legit.ng through Akase, the governor confirmed the receipt of the fund on Thursday, September 20.
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