Federal Govt Didn’t Give States N30bn For Food Security, Makinde Blast Akpabio


Briga News Nigeria

Vice chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), ‘Seyi Makinde, has debunked claims that the 36 state governors were given N30 billion each by the federal government to address the problem of food crisis in the country.

The governor, who stated this on Thursday in Iseyin, where he commissioned the newly-renovated multi-billion naira Iseyin Central Mosque facilitated by legal luminary, Ahmed Raji, SAN, described the religious harmony in Oyo State as exemplary.

Makinde declared that there was no truth in the claim by the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, that states of the federation got an additional N30 billion each outside of their statutory allocations, to address food insecurity in their states.

According to him, Oyo State has not gotten any N30 billion from FIRS or the federal government, and his government has been and will always be open and transparent to the people of the state.

Makinde added that he had been doing everything to cushion the effect of the economic hardship on the people.

He urged leaders to instill confidence and hope in the citizenry in this trying time rather than playing blame games.

He added that apart from Oyo State not getting N30 billion from any agency or department of the federal government, he could say the same for his colleague-governors as vice chairman of the NGF.

Makinde decried Akpabio’s reliance on unverified reports, clarifying that states couldn’t get funds from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), since all revenues go into the Federation Account and belong to the Federal Government, states, and the local government areas.

According to Makinde, the only fund that Oyo State got from the federal government outside of statutory allocation was N2billion out of the N5billion promised to all states in the wake of the removal of fuel subsidy, adding that the federal government had even been asking for the refund of the N2billion.

Makinde added that his government had been doing its best to mitigate the hardship on residents of the state, having been the first to announce and implement measures to cushion the effect of the hardship through the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SafER).

Makinde said: “This is a very difficult period in our nation’s history because all of us are aware of what we are going through economically. But for us as an administration, I can say we are the first in Nigeria to announce and implement measures on the 9th of June 2023, to cushion the effect of this policy through SAfER.

“We have been doing our bit. And the reason I came here is for us to talk to ourselves and intensify prayers. So, this is one of the edifices through which we can reach God, though we have done our bit.

“We have health insurance for our people, we gave farm inputs to our farmers but at this stage, we need to cry to God.

“For the workers, we have been paying a wage award; N25,000 for workers and N15,000 for pensioners, and we have paid for close to six months.

“Only last week, I announced an extension for another six months so that we can have the time to conclude the discussion on minimum wage.

“Well, we know there is much to be done and we will continue to do everything within our power to support our people through this hard time.

“This is not the time to play politics, as we have real issues that deserve real solutions. But yesterday, I saw the video and read in the news where the Senate President, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, made a statement, though he said it was an unverified report, stating that the state governments received additional N30billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service outside of our statutory allocation, in the last few months, to address food security.



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