OrderPaperToday – President Muhammadu Buhari has queried the National Assembly for going contrary to the provisions of the Promissory note programme and bond issuance to settle inherited local debts and contractual obligations.
The notes are to be used to refund state governments on projects executed on behalf of the federal government.
Buhari’s query was conveyed in a letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki on Tuesday.
According to President Buhari, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the sum of N487,842,888,574.74 only for reimbursement but the federal chambers endorsed N488,743,526,204.77 instead which is N890,537,630,03 higher than the proposed amount.
Also, FEC approved repayment to 25 states but the federal parliament okayed payment to 21 states excluding; Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba.
In the letter Buhari noted that the amount approved by the National Assembly for reimbursement by 21 states are higher than the amounts approved by the Federal Executive Council for reimbursement to 25 states.
The sum to each of the 21 states is higher than the amounts approved by FEC to each of these states except for Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano and Niger.
He reminded the chamber the provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007 which empowers the Bureau of Public Procurement to approve vendors’ and contract sums.
“Since the BPP is charged with the responsibility of approving contract sums, and there’s a need for compliance with the Public Procurement Act 2007, I wish to request that you forward to us details relating to the amounts approved by the National Assembly for the 17 states excess of what was certified by the BPP for necessary certification and approval.
“Furthermore, I wish to request for review of the reimbursement earlier submitted in favour of Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba Sates,” he stated, adding:
“Where the amount approved by the National Assembly is the same as the amount approved by FEC, the jointly approved amount will be reimbursed. The states are Adamawa, Jigawa, Kano and Niger.
“Where the amount approved by the National Assembly is higher than the amount approved by FEC, the amount approved by FEC will be reimbursed. The states are Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Ebonyi, Benue, Edo, Ekiti, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kwara, Lagos, Ondo, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Plateau and Zamfara
“Where no amount is approved by National Assembly, no reimbursement will be made. The affected states are Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba.”