BREAKING NEWS : PRESIDENT BUHARI WRITES THE SENATE OVER DEBT PADDING

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“In view of the approval of the National Assembly, the following was observed:

1. While the Federal Executive Council approved the total sum of N78 billion (78,601,631,430.16), as reimbursement to Delta and Taraba state governments, national assembly approved N90 billion (90,236,461,031.36) which is higher than the amount approved by the Federal Executive Council.

2. The national assembly did not approve any reimbursement to Bauchi and Kogi states governments whereas the Federal Executive Council approved reimbursement for them.”

The president reminded the lawmakers of the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007 which empowers the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) to approve contracts – as he said the amounts presented to the National Assembly were duly certified for reimbursement by the Bureau before they were approved by FEC.

“Since the Bureau of Public Procurement is charged with the responsibility of approving contractual sums when there is a need for compliance with the Public Procurement Act 2007, I wish to request that you forward to us details relating to the amount approved by the national assembly for Delta and Taraba states in essence of what certified by the Bureau of Public Procurement for necessary certification approval.

“Meanwhile, the federal government shall proceed with the implementation by reimbursing the amount approved by the federal executive council.

Furthermore, I wish to suggest that you review their reimbursement in favour of Bauchi and Kogi state governments while looking forward to timely consideration of the request,” he said.

This will be the second time that the president will be accusing the National Assembly of padding debts that were meant to be repaid to states.

The first time was in December 2018, where he levelled accusations against the National Assembly of approving N488 billion as reimbursement to the state governments while the Federal Executive Council, FEC, approved 487 billion.

He had also at an earlier period, accused the lawmakers of approving reimbursements to 21 states even after the FEC had approved reimbursements for 25 states.

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