The Senate has been asked by President Muhammaudu Buhari to approve the payment of N10, 069, 692, 410.15 as settlement for promissory note issued to the Kogi state government for executing federal government projects.
The Herald gathered that President Buhari’s request was contained in a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, October 15, on the floor of the Senate.
The letter was titled: “Request for the resolution of the National Assembly for the issuance of N10.069B promissory notes to Kogi State Government under the promissory note program and bond issuance to settle inherited Local debt and contractual obligations of the Federal Government to refund the State on project executed by the State on behalf of the Federal Government.”
The letter read: “Based on my request for the resolution of the National Assembly approving the establishment of a promissory note program and the bond issuance to settle inherited Local debts and contractual obligation by the federal government, the 8th National Assembly passed resolutions approving the issuance of the promissory notes to refund State Governments for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government.
“The three resolutions approved the issuance of promissory notes to 24 out of the 25 State Governments that requested and the only State for which approval has not been given is Kogi State with an outstanding claim of N10.069B.
“The Senate may wish to know that the claim of all the 25 States for project executed on behalf of the Federal Government were verified by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Bureau of Public Procurement for which the Federal Executive Council approved the claims which they were forwarded for the approval of the National Assembly.
“The Senate will note that subsequent resolution of the National Assembly approving the refunds to the 24 State Governments, the Federal Government has issued promisory notes to all the 24 State Governments for the settlement of their claims.
“Accordingly the Senate is hereby requested to kindly approve the issuance of promisory notes in the sum of N10, 069, 692, 410.15 to Kogi State for projects executed on behalf of the Federal Government. While looking forward to the timely consideration for the refund to Kogi state.”
Lawan, after reading the president’s letter on floor of the Senate, referred the request to the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debt for further legislative work and to report back to plenary in two weeks.