N37.9b Anambra Refund: Victor Umeh Shuts Up Buharists
Gives the true position of N37.9b refund to Anambra State
Senator Dr. Victor Umeh, OFR, has shut up those hailing and thanking President Muhammadu Buhari for releasing N37.95 billion to Anambra State.
Senator Umeh aired his displeasure in a statement issued and made available to ElombahNews on Saturday.
News filled the air recently when pro-Buhari advocates claimed that the President has released the said funds being refund claims for various projects executed on behalf of the federal government, particularly roads.
According to Senator Umeh, Anambra State has a claim of N43 billion accruing from constructions and maintenances of federal roads done by the State Government under Governor Willie Obiano.
The Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone was angered by “the news… that has set people struggling to claim credit for what they know nothing about including thanking the President”.
He stated that so far no dime has been paid to Anambra State Government despite the fact that the Senate Committee has approved payment of N37, 970,048,097.03 or N37.97 billion.
He said that the Senate having approved this, the Federal Government can now go ahead with the Promissory Note and Bond Issuance Programme to raise the money to settle the Debts, which is yet to be done.
Little wonder, then that the Senate was visibly irritated when ‘people claim credit and thank the President for releasing N37.95 Billion to Anambra State which was never done.
See Senator Umeh’s full statement below:
I don’t usually like to comment on posts I see on Facebook. However, I find it necessary to put the record straight in respect of the purported refund of N37.9 billion to Anambra State by the Federal government for the guidance of the general public.
Firstly, let me inform you that the Federal Government has not approved or released any N37.9 billion to Anambra State government.
Secondly, many States of the Federation have various refund claims for various projects executed on behalf of the federal government, particularly roads.
The Federal Government decided to use Promissory Note and Bond Issuance Programme to settle the inherited local debts and other contractual obligations that are verified. This was sent to the Senate for Verification and Approval.
The Senate set up an Ad hoc Committee to carry out this exercise on the 9th of May, 2018.
The Committee in the same May organised a Public Hearing on the subject and invited 25 affected States to appear before the Committee with proofs of their claims.
The Anambra State delegation was led by the Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Dr. Nkem Okeke, the Hon Commissioner for Works, Engr. Marcel Ifejiofor, the Director of Works, Engr Orjiakor and the MD, Anambra Road Maintenance Agency, Engr Emeka Okoye.
My office at the National Assembly was used as the Secretariat by the Anambra delegation.
I accompanied the delegation to the Public Hearing and facilitated their smooth presentation and defence of our Claims.
On completion of the presentations, I followed up with the Committee to make sure that our Claims were justly treated. From our Claims of N43 billion, the Committee approved N37, 970,048,097.03 or N37.97 billion.
On the 24th of July, 2018 the Committee presented its Report and the Senate approved it during Plenary. Total Refund approved was N488.7 billion due to 21 States out of 25 States that submitted Claims.
The Senate having approved this, the Federal Government can now go ahead with the Promissory Note and Bond Issuance Programme to raise the money to settle the Debts.
It is the news of this that has set people struggling to claim credit for what they know nothing about including thanking the President for releasing N37.95 Billion to Anambra State which was never done including thanking strangers for facilitating what never was!