The Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State, Mr Charles Aniagwu, on Monday explained how the state government spent the N10 billion it recently received from the Federal Government as part of the Paris Club excess loan deduction refunds.
Aniagwu disclosed that out of the N10bn, local governments were given N2.1bn as their statutory share while about N5bn was set aside to settle certain issues relating to certain aspect of salary arrears, co-operative deductions and pensions. The sum of N2bn plus was earmarked for priority projects that require urgent attention and payment of contractors.
The Governor’s Spokesman, who spoke while answering questions on a radio programme noted that the Okowa-led administration was committed to the prudent, transparent and accountable management of the state’s resources.
“Governor Okowa has vowed to remain prudent, transparent and accountable to the people because he realises that the ultimate political power rests with the people who overwhelmingly voted him into office.
“He has assured that Deltans will get value for every money that accrues to the state at all times”, Aniagwu said.
Justifying the setting aside of about N3bn for infrastructure and payment of contractors, Aniagwu stressed that government exists for everybody and not just for the payment of salaries of workers which are less than 2 percent of the population of the state.