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We did not receive $4bn Paris/London loans refund – Benue Goverment




Benue State Commissioner for Finance, Mr. David Olufu has claimed the state is yet to receive from the Federal Government, the refund of over deductions from the State Government’s allocations be­tween 1995 and 2002 to settle Paris and London Clubs loan.
Mr. Olofu stated this at the end of the State Executive Council meeting presided over by Governor Samuel Ortom.
The commissioner was reacting to the reports in the media that the state has received the fund.
Earlier, Chairman Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Dino Melaye, had called on State governors owing civil servants’ salaries to pay now, having received huge amounts from the Federal Government.
He specifically charged most of the governors who pay civil servants both at the state and LG levels to ameliorate the suffering of the peo­ple as directed by the federal government.
However, the Finance Commissioner who jointly briefed newsmen with the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Chief Ode Ageh, explained that al­though the Federal Government has agreed to refund 25% of the $181 million due to the state, it was yet to release the money.
He therefore enjoined the people to disregard reports being peddled in both the conventional and social media that N91 billion has been credited to the state, assuring that as soon as the 25% of the $181 million comes in, the government will adequately inform the people.
On his part, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Chief Ode Ageh said the State Executive Council directed the Finance Commissioner that of Justice and BIRS to recover Pay as You Earn tax owed the state Government by some organizations.
He said Council also cleared San Carlos Limited, one of the companies indicted by the Justice Elizabeth Kpojime Commission of In­quiry, of indebtedness after it refunded N355.9 million naira to government coffers.

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