FG Pays 13% Derivation Funds’ Backlog Since 1999 to Niger Delta States

FG Pays 13% Derivation Funds' Backlog Since 1999 to Niger Delta States

The Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari has paid Niger Delta states the 13 per cent derivation funds due to them.

Daily Report Nigeria gathered that President Buhari approved the funds to be paid to the benefiting states of the oil producing region.

This was revealed on Friday by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.

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Wike particularly commended President Buhari for approving the funds accrued from 1999 to the Niger Delta states.

According to Wike, he has spent part of the funds on numerous projects built by his administration.

The governor said this during the commissioning of the Doctor Nabo Graham Douglas Law School built by the Rivers State Government.

Wike said;

“Monies that were not paid since 1999, the 13% deductions, Mr. President approved and paid all of us from Niger Delta states.

“For me, it will be unfair not to say to the public. It is not from FAAC money it is the money paid to me as Rivers State, Delta State, Akwa Ibom State, Edo State and Bayelsa State.

“So I want to sincerely, from my heart and on behalf of the government and people of the state, thank Mr. President for this because as an opposition government, he may have as well say don’t pay, you can’t do anything.

“After all since 1999 the money has not been paid. Did we do anything?

“So I want to sincerely thank him just on that one”.

The revelation by Wike has raised eyebrows across the Niger Delta when citizens asking other governors in the region to account for their share of the fund.

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