No Cause For Alarm Over Paris Refund Probe – Govs

Governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has said that there is no cause for alarm  over ongoing probe of how the forum managed Paris Club refund by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Following allegations that the NGF as a body had made deductions from the payment and warehouse the money in its account, while refusing to pay some consultants, the EFCC recently instituted a probe into the matter.
But chairman of the NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari, said yesterday  that the allegations against the body were baseless, adding that there were no issues at all with the refund.
“There is no issue with the refund, the issue is with consultancy which I think the minister of Finance made clear that the consultancy which we decided to domicile in the NGF account, we are to work together on who to be paid or who not to be paid.
“Some wrote a petition that they have not been paid and mind you we have not even started paying fully because we have to ascertain who worked for whom,” he explained.
Yari, who is also the governor of Zamfara State, stated that the Paris Club Refund had helped the states tremendously to meet their financial obligations especially in payment of arrears of salaries and pensions.
“As I am talking to you we have a lot of litigations, someone said he worked for so and so years for this state and that state.”
Source: News

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