The Senate approved the demand by President Muhammadu Buhari for the amount of 10 billion Naira to be paid to the Kogi State Government as compensation for works carried out on behalf of the federal government.
Clifford Ordia submitted his report on the projects undertaken by Kogi State government after he was approved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt.
“Based on our findings, some of the highways were in the state of disrepair before the intervention was carried out,” Ordia said.
“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.”
Senate minority leader Enyinnaya Abaribe said the money could be misused
“What I don’t want is the misuse of these funds because it is for the people of the Kogi state,” Abaribe said.
“This is not the right time, this is the time where the exigencies of the moment may be used.”
However, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan said approving the 2-day money for the state governorship election was just a coincidence.
“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,” he said.