The Nigerian Senate has approved N10.069 billion for Kogi State.
Okay.ng recalls that President Muhammadu had on October 15 written to the Senate seeking the approval of N10.069bn as Commissary Notes to the Kogi State government.
Presenting the report on the request on Wednesday, 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.
“Based on our findings, some of the highways were in the state of disrepair before the intervention was carried out.
“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,” he said.
But, the senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, spoke against the recommendation by the committee.
He said, “What I don’t want is the misuse of these funds because it is for the people of the Kogi state.
“This is not the right time, this is the time where the exigencies of the moment may be used.”
However, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said the senate’s approval of the refund only coincides with the election.
He said, “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.”