By Adenike Lucas
Senator Dino Melaye has expressed worry over a state Governor who received billions from the Federal Government, but is yet to pay civil servants their salaries.
The senior legislator from Kogi West said that the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola received N84bn on Monday 21st November, 2016, so he called for him to “pay civil servants their salaries in full both at the state and LG levels to ameliorate the suffering of the people as directed by the federal government.”
Senator Melaye, Chairman Senate Committee on FCT who gave further details of a $4bn pay-out that was released from “over-deductions on Paris and London Club Loans,” explained that Chief Executives of 36 different States were given those funds for their states.
The lawmaker said the money allocated to “Plateau state was paid into a UBA account (1019894291).
He added that, “that of Nasarawa State as confirmed from Govt. House was paid into Fidelity and Skye Banks for State Govt. (N46bn) and Local Govts. (N22bn) respectively. ”
In a message posted on his Facebook account, Senator Melaye stated that “details from both the CBN and Federal Ministry of Finance headquarters showed this month, neighbouring States, Kogi received about N80bn, Plateau and Benue got N75bn and N91bn respectively.
“Meanwhile, the states of Osun and Edo got N84bn and N82bn respectively.”
The representative for Kogi West who was named the most outstanding Senator of 2016 by the National Assembly Press Corps said Governor Aregbesola, along with 35 others, where directed by President Muhammadu Buhari to “use the monies to settle the civil servants salaries and welfares.
“We hope with this money, Gov. Aregbesola will pay civil servants their salaries in full both at the state and LGAs levels to ameliorate the suffering of our people as directed by the federal government.
“We are calling on EFCC and ICPC to monitor the spending of these huge $4b disbursed to the 36 states governors especially that of Osun State, ” he added.