OrderPaperToday – Senate has approved payment for Taraba state for projects done on behalf of the Federal Government.
This was sequel to a complaint lodged by President Muhammadu Buhari that the chamber increased settlement debts for some states.
Buhari in a letter sent to the chamber on the 5th of December noted that the latter approved amounts contrary to the proposal given by the Federal Executive Council.
Also, the red chamber did not give approval for the reimbursement of four states; Bauchi, Delta, Kogi and Taraba.
The sum of N22.2 billion (22,254,062,330.08) was there after confirmed as refund to Taraba State.
Senator Francis Alimekhena (APC, Edo North) who presented the motion on Thursday noted that there was an increase in the chamber’s resolution because of additional road projects executed by the Taraba State Government and was not indicated in their submission to the House of Representatives.
He said: “Taraba State was among the states that benefited from the approved payment of outstanding bills of 34,315,232,396.96.
“The increase was as a result of additional road projects executed by the Taraba State government on behalf of the federal government submitted to the Senate committee which was not captured in their submission to the House.”