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Umar to Buhari: Suspend Paris Club fund payment

From  Noah Ebije, Kaduna

Former Military Governor of Kaduna State and Pro-democracy activist, Col. Abubakar Umar (red), yesterday, alleged that some state governors contracted the services of consultants to secure the Paris-London Club fund from the Federal Government.

To this end, Umar called on  President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend his order to the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Nigeria for release of the second batch of the debt refund to State governors. 

Umar, in a statement, yesterday, said the consultants were paid a fee ranging from 10 percent to 30 percent, yet, some of the governors could not use the money to pay workers’ salary. 

The former governor, while calling on Buhari to suspend further payment of the fund, warned that such “impunity” from governors must stop, forthwith. 

He said it is now evident that the earlier fund released to the governors were deployed for other purposes other than the payment of salaries and pension arrears as directed by the president.

“It has been revealed that some state governors contracted consultants with fees ranging from 10 to 30 per cent to secure refund from the federal government of Nigeria.

“With this shocking revelation, president Muhammadu Buhari  should suspend his order to the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN) for the release of the second tranche of  the refund. This impunity has got to stop,” Umar said.

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