The Federal Government on Tuesday released a State by State breakdown of another tranche of Paris Club refund of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts on the accounts of States and Local Governments (1995-2002).
The funds were released to State Governments as part of the wider efforts to stimulate the economy and were specifically designed to support states in meeting salary and other obligations, thereby alleviating the challenges faced by workers.
These payments which totalled N243, 795,465,195.20 were made to the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory upon the approval of the President on May 4, 2017, in partial settlement of long-standing claims by State Governments relating to over-deductions from their Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocation for external debt service arising between 1995 and 2002.
The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun explained that these debt service deductions were in respect of the Paris Club, London Club and Multilateral debts of the FG and States.
The breakdown is as follows: ABIA 5,715,765,871.48, ADAMAWA 6,114,300,352.68, AKWA-IBOM 10,000,000,000.00, ANAMBRA 6,121,656,702.34, BAUCHI 6,877,776,561.25, BAYELSA 10,000,000,000.00, BENUE 6,854,671,749.25, BORNO 7,340,934,865.32, CROSS RIVER 6,075,343,946.93, DELTA 10,000,000,000.00, EBONYI 4,508,083,379.98, EDO 6,091,126,592.49, EKITI 4,772,836,647.08, ENUGU 5,361,789,409.66, GOMBE 4,472,877,698.19, IMO 7,000,805,182.97 JIGAWA 7,107,666,706.76, KADUNA 7,721,729,227.55.
Others are: KANO 10,000,000,000.00, KATSINA 8,202,130,909.85, KEBBI 5,977,499,491.45, KOGI 6,027,727,595.80, KWARA 5,120,644,326.57, LAGOS 8,371,938,133.11, NASARAWA 4,551,049,171.12, NIGER 7,210,793,154.95, OGUN 5,739,374,694.46, ONDO 7,003,648,314.28,OSUN 6,314,106,340.62, OYO 7,901,609,864.25, PLATEAU 5,644,079,055.41, RIVERS 10,000,000,000.00, SOKOTO 6,441,128,546.76, TARABA 5,612,014,491.52, YOBE 5,413,103,116.59, ZAMFARA 5,442,385,594.49 and FCT 684,867,500.04 making a total of 243,795,465,195.20
While Nigeria reached a final agreement for debt relief with the Paris Club in October 2005, some States had already been overcharged.
The releases were conditional upon a minimum of 75 per cent being applied to the payment of workers’ salaries and pensions for States that owe salaries and pension.
The Federal Ministry of Finance said that it is reviewing the impact of these releases on the level of arrears owed by State Governments, adding that a detailed report is being compiled for presentation to the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as part of the process for approval for the release of any subsequent tranches.