Kogi to receive N10bn as project refund


The senate has approved the sum of N10 billion to refund Kogi state government for projects it executed on behalf of the federal government.

Chairman of the senate committee on local and foreign debts, Clifford Ordia, said the Kogi government carried out repairs on seven federal government roads in the state.

While presenting his report on Wednesday, he said the roads were dilapidated, and in dire need of repairs.

“Based on our findings, some of the highways were in the state of disrepair before the intervention was carried out,” Ordia said.

“The state government has paid all the contractors that constructed the road.

“Our humble recommendation is that the senate do approve the refund of N10 billion for projects executed on behalf of the federal government.”

But Enyinnaya Abaribe, senate minority leader, spoke against the recommendation by the committee.

“What I don’t want is the misuse of these funds because it is for the people of the Kogi state,” Abaribe said.

“This is not the right time, this is the time where the exigencies of the moment may be used.”

But Lawan said the senate’s approval of the refund only coincides with election.

“Kogi state applied for this in the last senate, all the other states were paid. Kogi was not approved at that time, we as a senate has seen it as a necessity and it is a coincidence,” he said.

The refund approval is coming two days to the governorship election in the state.



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