Senate President Explains Payment Of N10bn To Kogi State
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has broken silence on why the lawmakers approved N10bn for Kogi State, few days before the governorship election are scheduled to hold.
It will be recalled as earlier reported by Naija News that the lawmakers on Wednesday, approved the payment of the money to the Kogi State government.
Yahaya Bello, incumbent Governor of Kogi State is also the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 governorship election.
The Senate approval follows the presentation of a report by Clifford Ordia, chairman of the Senate committee on local and foreign debts, on the projects carried out by the Kogi State government.
“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.
However, commending on the dust raised by the approval just a few days to the election in the state, Senate President Lawan denied any political undertone in the action by the Senators.
“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.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in October, sent a request to the Senate for the sum of N10bn to be paid to the Kogi State government as refund for projects executed on behalf of the federal government.