Governor Makinde Disputes Akpabio’s Claim of Additional Funds for States

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Oyo State Governor and Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Seyi Makinde, has refuted claims made by Senate President Godswill Akpabio that states received an extra N30 billion each to tackle food insecurity.

In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Suleiman Olarenwaju, in Ibadan, the state capital, Governor Makinde clarified that Oyo State has not received any additional N30 billion from the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) or the Federal Government. He emphasized his administration’s commitment to transparency and accountability to the people of the state.

Governor Makinde, while commissioning the newly-renovated multi-billion naira Iseyin Central Mosque, expressed concern over Akpabio’s reliance on unverified reports. He highlighted the complexities of state finances, explaining that states cannot receive funds directly from the FIRS as all revenues are deposited into the Federation Account, shared among the federal, state, and local governments.

The Governor clarified that the only additional funds Oyo State received from the Federal Government were N2 billion out of the promised N5 billion to all states following the removal of the fuel subsidy. He noted that the Federal Government has even requested a refund of the N2 billion.

Governor Makinde underscored his administration’s efforts to alleviate economic hardship through initiatives such as the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER). He emphasized the importance of unity and prayer during these challenging times, highlighting measures taken by his government to support workers, farmers, and pensioners.

In conclusion, Governor Makinde urged against politicizing critical issues, emphasizing the need for practical solutions to real challenges. He cautioned against spreading misinformation and encouraged a collaborative approach to address the pressing issues facing the nation.


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