Gov.Samuel Ortom confirms receipt of FG’s N14.9bn Paris Club refunds
Gov.Samuel Ortom confirms receipt of FG’s N14.9bn Paris Club refunds. Benue State Governor. Gov. Samuel Ortom of Benue has Therefore confirmed the receipt of N14.9 billion, being the last tranche of the Paris Club Refunds from the Federal Government. Also Mr Terver Akase, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), stated this in a statement on Thursday in Makurdi.
Furthermore, Akase said that 80 per cent of the funds would be committed to payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities. According to him, Ortom has set up a committee. This Community is headed by Deputy Governor Benson Abounu, to work out modalities for immediate disbursement of the funds.
However, He said the other members of the committee were; the Head of Service, Commissioner for Finance, Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Adviser on Labour Matters. Furthermore, Chairmen of Nigerian Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress and Nigerian Union of Pensioners Benue State chapters. in like manners, He explained that the decision to involve other stakeholders in the disbursement of the funds was to ensure transparency and accountability.
He explained that Ortom had also made public the other refunds from the club that were received by the state. It will be recalled that the Governor similarly made public the receipt and disbursement of the N12.7 billion first tranche and N6.4 billion second tranche of the Paris Club refunds respectively. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that workers in the state are being owed between 6 and 12 months salaries.