Bailout Funds: CNPP, Groups To Tour States

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) and a coalition of civil society groups are to commence an appraisal tour of the states that received bailout funds from the  Federal Government.

According to CNPP Secretary, Chief Willy Ezugwu in statement, “The bailout funds were given to states for the sole purpose of alleviating the sufferings of the states’ workforce, not for capital projects.

“Our tour of the states of the federation, alongside a coalition of civil society groups drawn from 36 states of Nigeria, will be a on fact-finding mission on how the states spent the bailout for workers salaries and pensions arrears.

“It is important to hold the state governors accountable, through a robust engagement, to ensure that the bailout finds were not diverted into other uses”, it said.

The CNPP observed “surprisingly, an unexpected state, Enugu State, is getting accolades for its purposeful utilization of its own bailout fund.

“The recent high rating of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration as the best in the utilization of the federal government bailout funds in accordance with the principles of accountability is commendable and worthy of emulation by other states governors.

The statement added that the list of all the participating civil society groups in the assessment tour of the states of the federation was being compiled and would be released in due course.