Nigerian Senate approves Buhari’s request to refund N148.14bn to 5 states (see affected states)

- President Buhari's request for a refund of N148.14bn to 5 states has made headway

- The request was approved on Tuesday, November 24, by the Nigerian Senate

- The decision of the red chamber came after the consideration of a report by the committee on local and foreign debts

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The Senate on Tuesday, November 24, approved the request of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari’s to refund the sum of N148,141,969,161.24 to five states.

The states include Rivers, Bayelsa, Cross River, Osun, and Ondo. This is for projects executed on behalf of the federal government.

Ezrel Tabiowo, special assistant (press) to the Senate president made this known in a statement made available to Legit.ng.

The approval was sequel to the consideration of a report by the committee on local and foreign debts chaired by Senator Clifford Ordia.

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Ordia stated that most of the federal highways in the beneficiary states where said projects were executed “were at a deplorable state before the intervention of the state governments.”

The lawmaker however noted that states like Cross River, Rivers, Bayelsa and Ondo States embarked on the highway projects execution as far back as 2005 to date.

He added that while the State Governments have completed all projects, as well as paid all contractors, the Federal Bureau of Procurement on its part certified that due process was followed accordingly.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that in order to rehabilitate and reconstruct the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri eastern narrow gauge railway, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved $3,020,279,549 (N1,162,656,612,387).

Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation who made this known while briefing State House correspondents after the 18th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) said new branch lines and trans-shipment facilities were approved as well.

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In a related development, the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, reacted to the call for the scrapping of the National Assembly by some notable Nigerians based on the alleged jumbo pay being enjoyed by the federal lawmakers.

The Senate president said the annual budget of the National Assembly (NASS) is less than 1% of the total budget of Nigeria.

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