Abuja - The Presidency has deplored alleged attempts by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to create controversy over the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari to provide relief to state governments.
The funds are meant to pay workers owed salaries.
The Presidency, in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, rejected the claim by the opposition party some credit for "saving" the funds that were disbursed as part of the intervention package approved by Buhari.
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We also reject the banal and ludicrous demand by the PDP Spokesman, Olisa Metuh that the PDP Government which was ousted by Nigerians at the last general elections for running the country aground be given some credit for "saving" the funds that were disbursed as part of the intervention package approved by President Buhari, Adesina stated.
He said Metuh's claim that a significant amount of the funds came from savings accumulated in the Excess Crude Account and handed over to the Buhari administration were false and deliberately intended to mislead the public.
Adesina reaffirmed that the funds approved by Buhari for sharing to the three tiers of government on Monday came entirely from dividends and taxes paid to the Federation Account by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company (NLNG), not from the ECA.
He said the disbursed NLNG dividends and taxes were paid into the Federation Account in June this year and confirmed by the Central Bank's Statement to the Federal Government on Tuesday.
The funds cannot therefore be considered "savings" by the Jonathan Administration which left office in May, 2015, as disingenuously claimed by Mr Metuh.
Adesina said instead of being repeatedly impugned and castigated by the PDP and its agents for honestly telling Nigerians that the nation's treasury had been immensely depleted and its resources looted or squandered under previous administrations, President Buhari should be commended for the openness, transparency and accountability which he has now brought to the management of national funds.
It was in keeping with that disposition, that the President promptly disclosed the accrual of the NLNG dividends and taxes to the Federation Account at his recent meeting with State Governors and approved the convening of a special session of the FAAC to share it.
- CAJ News