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PARIS CLUB REFUND: How Delta Spent Her N10bn — Gov. Okowa's Spokesman


The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Mr Charles Aniagwu has disclosed how the Delta State Government spent the N10bn it recently received from the Federal government as part of the Paris Club excess loan deduction refunds. 

Aniagwu disclosed that out of the N10bn, Local Governments in the state were given N2.1bn as their statutory share while about N5bn was set aside to settle certain issues relating to certain aspect of salary arrears, co-operative deductions and pensions. The sum of N2bn plus was earmarked for priority projects that require urgent attention and payment of contractors. 

The Governor's Spokesman stated this on Monday(07/08/17) while answering questions on 'Trend talk' a Radio Programme on Trend 100.9Fm Asaba.

He noted that the Okowa led administration was committed to the prudent, transparent and accountable management of the state's resources just as he is committed to taking decisions that will be in the best interest of the people.

"Governor Okowa has vowed to remain prudent, transparent and accountable to the people because he realises that the ultimate political power rests on the people who overwhelmingly voted him into office".

"He has assured that Deltans will get value for every money that accrues to the state at all times.

While answering questions bothering on the payment of local government workers salaries, Aniagwu stated that the local governments are a separate tier of government, adding that the State Government is not responsible for the payment of their salaries.

"Even though we assisted them in the past, we couldn't continue in the present economic circumstance as we have our own challenges because a man cannot give what he doesn't have".

Justifying the setting aside of about N3bn for infrastructure and payment of contractors, Aniagwu stressed that government exists for everybody and not just for the payment of salaries of workers which are less than 2 percent of the population of the state.

"If the government spends virtually all that comes to pay salaries of workers, what happens to the larger chunk of the population? he queried 

He assured that the State Government with the support from the Nigeria Society of Engineers will tackle headlong the flooding of Asaba while also reiterating the government's commitment to completing the Okpanam road, DLA and Mariam Babangida roads.

Comments

Onos B.Idolor (not verified)

Sun, 08/13/2017 - 06:48

Inview of the present state of the Delta State pensioneers,infractures ,and the general Economy of the State,gorvernment should be more elaborate on their enspendi- tures with regards to the Paris Club Fund and the monthly alocat-tions. This they truely owe us their electorate,detailed bublication of how our Funds are Utilized. What the state media officer said is not enough as Accountability demands. We the electorate can read and understand our State expenditures if the gorverment is True to Us,and then they will earn our reliance.

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