• Governor el-Rufai said Kaduna’s share of Paris Club will go to develpment projects
• Said some states’ salary arrears is more than the what they will claim in Paris Club
• President want the fund for salaries clearance, put smiles on workers’ face on Christmas
Governor Nasir el-Rufai divulged on Monday that his state, Kaduna, would not use the proceeds from Paris Club refund to settle salary arrears but for development projects.
This came as President Muhammadu Buhari directed all governors to utilize the refund for clearance of their workers’ salaries before Christmas. The President also directed the Central Bank of Nigerian, Minister of Finance, and Budget Office to expedite process to make the fund available before the year runs out.
Nevertheless, Governor el-Rufai has another opinion on how to spend Kaduna’s share.
Speaking with State House Correspondent after President Buhari had meeting with state governors, el-Rufai said, “My state has no salary arrears at all. So, whatever we are getting, we will just continue with our development projects.
“Some states have salary arrears that are bigger than the Paris Club refund they are getting. Even when they get it, they will not be able to clear the salary arrears. But it is better to reduce it so that people will have a happy Christmas than nothing.”
The size of the fund which stands as 50 per cent balance of what was earlier disbursed to states, is yet to be known, as the governor said only the Finance Minister can mention figure,
Nevertheless, FELLOW PRESS learnt that the amount should reflect similar figure from last tranche.
“So, what the governors are requesting from the President is a directive, ‘go ahead to include the next 50 per cent in your 2018 budget,’ and that is going to be looked at.
“Every state will get its own share of the Paris Club refund. Every state has a specific amount that was deducted. That amount may be enough to cover the arrears and it may not be because you cannot get more than you are entitled to,” el-Rufai said.