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Jonathan denies Edo of N10bn in four years – Oshiomhole


Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole

The Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday
alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan and his
Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, jointly denied
his state of about N10bn in four years.

He said the sum was an estimate of what could have
accrued to his state if the past administration had been
faithful in remitting taxes paid by the Nigerian Liquefied
Natural Gas Company and Shell Petroleum Development
Company of Nigeria into the Consolidated Federation
Account the same way the present administration did.

Oshiomhole spoke with State House correspondents shortly
after he and former governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi
Amaechi, met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the
Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor claimed that if the $1.6bn NLNG tax that
Buhari used as bailout for states had come during
Jonathan’s administration, it would have gone the same
way it had been going without states benefitting.

He said he was happy with Buhari because he made it clear
that he would stop impunity and fragrant disobedient of law
and order.

Oshiomhole said, “All the noise that have been generated
over what happened last week, there was nothing
extraordinary. What was extraordinary is that the NLNG has
over the years been remitting funds to the Federal
Government but the government illegally refused to transfer
these funds to the Consolidated Revenue Fund which
belongs to the three tiers of government.

“All that President Buhari has done is to, in line with his
commitments to ensuring that all funds and money
accruing to the Federation Account are remitted, that he has
directed the Central Bank of Nigeria to transfer the funds to
the consolidated funds. “Our commissioners along with
federal officials met last week to share those funds in line
with the revenue allocation formula. If this money had come
under the last administration, it will have gone the same
way as in previous years.

“The NLNG is not starting fresh to remit. It has been doing
that every year plus taxes paid by, I think Shell, amounting
to about $500m added to the amount of $1.6bn from the
NLNG that total to the amount of $2.1bn. That was the
money that was shared.

“Imagine what Edo State got from this renewed
transparency and total compliance to the spirit and letter of
the constitution. If what we got last week, courtesy of this
renewed commitment to transparency, if we had gotten this
in the past four years consecutively, we would have made
about N10bn.

“So, by the same token, Edo State Government had lost
N10bn under Jonathan.”

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