Paris Club refunds: Delta States got N27.6b, FG releases details

———By Shedrack Onitsha———

Delta State government is reportedly to have received N27.6Billion from the first tranche of Paris Club refunds paid to states to date, as against N14billion being speculated in government quarters.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa


The federal government on Friday finally released a breakdown of the first tranche of Paris Club refunds paid to states to date following pressure from different stakeholders calling on the FG to give a detail breakdown of the fund released so far.

According to a a statement by Salisu Danbatta, director of information in the Ministry of Finance, the payments, totaling N516.38 billion, were made to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory upon the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari on November 21 2016.

He added that the payments were in partial settlement of longstanding claims by State Governments relating to over-deductions from their Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.

The breakdown showed that Rivers State got the highest refund of N34.9B, and was followed by Delta State which got N27.6b, Akwa-Ibom State N25.9b, Bayelsa N24.8b and Edo state got N12.1b, yet the Governor was able to pay local government workers in the state seven months’ salary arrears, while Delta still owing it LG worker about 13months salary arrears.

Recall that the government had initially turned down repeated requests to release the payment details.

“The funds were released to state governments as part of the wider efforts to stimulate the economy and were specifically designed to support states in meeting salary and other obligations, thereby alleviating the challenges faced by workers,” the statement said.

The releases were conditional upon a minimum of 50 per cent being applied to the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions.

The Federal Ministry of Finance said it was reviewing the impact of these releases on the level of arrears owed by State Governments.

Mr. Danbatta said a detailed report is being compiled for presentation to the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, as part of the process for approval for the release of any subsequent tranches.



See the payment details below:

1 ABIA 11431531742.97
2 ADAMAWA 10257434321.63
3 AKWA IBOM 25981255165.12
4 ANAMBRA 12243313404.68
5 BAUCHI 13755553122.51
6 BAYELSA 24895696347.55
7 BENUE 13709343498.51
8 BORNO 14681869730.63
9 CROSS RIVER 12150687893.85
10 DELTA 27606963362.46
11 EBONYI 9016166759.96
12 EDO 12182253184.99
13 EKITI 9545673294.17
14 ENUGU 10723578819.32
15 GOMBE 8945755396.38
16 IMO 14001610365.94
17 JIGAWA 14215333413.52
18 KADUNA 15443458455.1
19 KANO 21740390362.48
20 KATSINA 16404261819.71
21 KEBBI 11954998982.9
22 KOGI 12055455191.6
23 KWARA 10241288653.14
24 LAGOS 16743876266.21
25 NASARAWA 9102098342.24
26 NIGER 14421586309.89
27 OGUN 11478749388.92
28 ONDO 14007296628.57
29 OSUN 12628212681.25
30 OYO 13315423054.25
31 PLATEAU 11288158110.82
32 RIVERS 34925785322.06
33 SOKOTO 12882257093.52
34 TARABA 9326607975
35 YOBE 10826206233.18
36 ZAMFARA 10884771188.99
37 FCT 1369735000.09
TOTAL 516384636883.81

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