Economic Hardship: Makinde Reacts to Akpabio’s Claim Govs Each Received N30bn From FG

Economic Hardship: Makinde Reacts to Akpabio’s Claim Govs Each Received N30bn From FG

  • Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has reacted to claims that state governors received N30 billion from the federal government as extra allocation
  • This allegation was made by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabion, who claimed the allocation differed from the standard allocation
  • Governor Makinde, on the other hand, said there was no such thing, noting that the FIRS whom Akpabio claimed to have disbursed had no right to do so journalist Segun Adeyemi has over 9 years of experience covering political events, civil societies, courts, and metro

Iseyin, Oyo - The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has refuted claims suggesting that all 36 state Governors were given 30 billion naira each to tackle the challenges in their states.

Makinde's denial comes in response to allegations by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio.

Read also

Nationwide protest: Governors sabotaging Tinubu’s efforts, coalition alleges

Governor Makinde has denied the Senate President's claim
The Oyo state governor said the FIRS has no constitutional right to allocate money to state governments. Photo Credit: Seyi Makinde/Godswill Obot Akpabio
Source: Facebook

Akpabio cited an unverified report alleging the federal government's disbursement of funds to the Governors.

PAY ATTENTION: Share your outstanding story with our editors! Please reach us through!

Akpabio's allegation

The Senate President said:

“Unverified reports have it that state governments in the last few months have received additional N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), outside their normal allocations from the federation account, to assist them in ameliorating the food situation.
“So we believe that every state government should utilise the funds received towards ensuring that food is available.”

During the unveiling of the Iseyin Central Mosque in Iseyin, the Governor expressed dismay at Senator Akpabio's unsubstantiated remarks.

FIRS don't allocate money to states - Makinde

According to TVC News, he questioned the validity of Akpabio's claims, highlighting that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) does not have the authority to allocate funds to individual states.

Read also

"From vote of confidence to prison": Nigerians react to alleged arrest of LP chair, Julius Abure

He emphasised that the funds in the Federation account are designated for the welfare of all Nigerians, not for selective distribution among states.

The Governor emphasised the importance of fostering public trust during this crucial period, urging leaders to avoid escalating political tensions.

Lagos announces slash in transportation fare, free food, and others

Elsewhere, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced measures to address residents' increasing challenges.

The plan involves distributing daily meals throughout the state at selected local eateries known as Mama Puts.

Additionally, free meal delivery will be provided in hospitals, and there will be a 25% reduction in public transportation fares for buses, trains, and ferries.


Online view pixel