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Probe states that defaulted on Paris refund loan – Labour tells anti-graft agencies

Probe states that defaulted on Paris refund loan – Labour tells anti-graft agencies

- Labour unions say probing state governments that failed to use of the first tranche of the Paris refund loan to pay salaries will check the utilisation of the second tranche of the refund

- The NLC secretary, Ozo-Eson, says the Labour partnered with the ICPC to monitor the funds from the first bail out

- Detectives recover N500million allegedly diverted by a North-west governor from the London-Paris Club loan refund

Following failure of some states to use the first tranche of Paris refund loan to pay salaries or to offset arrears of pension deductions, Labour unions have called on the EFCC and the ICPC to probe the states which defaulted in the first tranche of the N516bn Paris Club loan refund.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) told the Punch that probing the states which defaulted in the payment would help check the utilisation of the second tranche of the refund.

"We have asked the ICPC and the EFCC to probe those states; we already called for their probe. The call we made to the EFCC and ICPC is not only for the first tranche, but subsequent tranches.

“The anti-graft agencies and the TUC have been interacting well on the probe.

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“We are working with the Federal Government which directed that the fund be used first for the payment of arrears and pensions before the states do anything else. So if the states do anything else, it would be contrary to the directive," the TUC president, Kaigama said.

Also, the NLC secretary, Ozo-Eson, said the Labour partnered with the ICPC to monitor the funds from the first bail out.

Meanwhile, a report by the Nation claims that detectives have recovered N500million allegedly diverted by a North-west governor from the London-Paris Club loan refund.

According to the report, the governor diverted the N500million (out of his state’s share of the N19b first tranche) to a mortgage bank.

NAIJ.com checks reveal that the governor is definitely an All Progressives Congress (APC) governor as the ruling party is the dominant party in the region.

EFCC traced N2.2billion payment to another consultant, which allegedly gave the yet unnamed governor N500million.

The governor directed that the cash should be transferred to a mortgage bank where he was indebted to the tune of N800million.

In the video below, the EFCC organised a march tagged ‘walk against corruption’ in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Watch.

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