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House to probe 27 states over bailout funds spending

15 July 2016, 16:31

Abuja - The House of Representatives has commenced probe of 27 state governments over the application of N689.5bn bailout funds granted by the federal government, YNaija reports.

The decision was taken at the plenary session presided over by Speaker, Yakubu Dogara after Hon. Sunday Karimi, sponsored the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance.

Karimi claimed that information at his disposal indicated that most of the beneficiary states lodged the funds in accounts instead of clearing arrears of workers, which it was primarily meant for.

Karimi listed some of the debtor states as Abia, Benue, Ekiti, Kwara, Osun, Delta, Niger, Ogun, Nasarawa, Plateau and Kogi, which he particularly noted, is owing more than seven months despite a fresh N20 billion grant.

The lawmaker according to Vanguard argued that several states have been indicted of alleged misapplication of the funds following a recent report by the Public Enlightenment Department of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC).

Karimi said that the need to investigate the disbursement and utilisation of the funds was geared toward ensuring the welfare of citizens in the affected states.

He explained that the Federal Government approved and disbursed N689.5 billion to 27 states in July, 2015, and gave N20 billion to Kogi four months ago.

- News 24

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