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Published On: Sat, Dec 2nd, 2017

Buhari Has No Right To Tell Govs How To Spend Paris Club Refund-Onuesoke

Chief Sunny Onuesoke

LAGOS DECEMBER 2ND(URHOBOTODAY)-Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chieftain, Chief Sunny Onuesoke has affirmed that the Federal Government do not have the constitutional right to tell state governors how to spend the Paris Club Refund.
Onuesoke who made the statement while reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari ‘s order to the governors that they must direct the expected Paris Refund money to payment of salary arrears, argued that state governors have exclusive control over their revenue and expenditure.
He maintained that the Accountant General of the Federation cannot order or demand obligatorily from any tier of government, including the 35 states’ information on how to spend the Paris Club refunds.
“Nigerians should not forget that the Paris Club refund is the constitutional right of the governors. The federal government does not have any control over them on how to dispense the fund ,” Onuesoke, a former Delta State Governorship aspirant argued.
While commending President Buhari for having soft spot for the suffering Nigerians workers who have not received their salaries for months, Onuesoke however felt it would have been more honourable for the President to appeal to those Governors who have not paid workers to do that before Christmas instead of issuing what seems like an order.
Hear him, “It is not all the states that owe workers salaries. Thus, such holistic instruction from the President may not go well with some governor most especially when they have different pressing issues in their various states. I would have equally expected the President to instruct the governors to channel the fund to other area of development in their states instead of payment of salaries alone.
“If all the money is use to pay arrears of workers’ salaries alone, what will then happen to the parastatals, indebted contractors, infrastructural development, education sector, health and other area of governance,” he stated.

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