Nigeria Governors’ Forum Warns Finance Ministry Not To Pay Firms Claiming N105billions From LGA Allocations
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has kept in touch with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning not to pay Local Government Councils’ assets to the tune of over N105 billion being guaranteed by certain organizations as lawful and consultancy expenses.
The NGF cautioned in a letter on Monday, which was acquired by SaharaReporters, that the matter was to be resolved in court and the account service should remain activity on the installment due to the negative monetary ramifications it would have on the 774 LGAs across the country.
The NGF, through its insight, basic freedoms legal advisor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, expressed in the letter, named, “Re: Issuance Of Promissory Note to Dr Ted Iseghoni Edwards” that the service should remain activity “on this matter considering the injunctive reliefs looked for in the cycles to be recorded in court on these issue.”
The letter was duplicated to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Director-General, Debt Management Office.
The NGF counsel, Falana, expressed, “The Nigeria Governors’ Forum has drawn in our administrations to challenge the choices of the court identifying with or associated with installments of lawful and consultancy charges emerging from London Club Debt Buy Back Exit Payment which is the support of the judgment of the Federal High Court, Abuja in Suit No, FHC/ABJ/CS/130/13 – Linas International Limited and Ors Vs the Federal Government of Nigeria and Ors.
“As you definitely know the case of Dr Ted Iseghoni Edwards emerged from lawful administrations he purportedly delivered to the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria. Subsequently, we have arranged to all the court measures testing the decisions of courts and looking for stay of execution and additionally order forthcoming allure, we have been not able to document because of the progressing strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, which has occasioned a total closure of our courts.
“Our consideration has been attracted to a letter from the firm of Ikechukwu Ezechukwu (SAN) and dated April 8, 2021, asking you to give promissory notes to Dr Ted Iseghoni Edwards. We deferentially ask you not to acquiesce to the solicitation on the grounds that these promissory notes are to be deducted from the records of the states for the following 10 years. It is accordingly practical to anticipate the result of the lawful advances being taken by the states as introduced by the NGF.
“Area 162(5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as revised) commands any sum remaining to the credit of nearby governments to be paid straightforwardly to the states to serve their neighborhood government committees. The states thusly have an obligation to guarantee that subsidizes representing the credit of the neighborhood government gatherings are ensured as caretakers of such assets. We need to advise you regarding your sacrosanct obligation of remaining activity on this matter taking into account the injunctive reliefs looked for in the cycles to be documented in court on these issue.”
SaharaReporters on Sunday detailed how the Association of Local Government of Nigeria likewise raised a request to President Muhammadu Buhari uncovering how the organizations need to authorize the allowances of more than N105 billion from the assignments implied for the 774 neighborhood government territories from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.
The request acquired by SaharaReporters on Saturday was named, “Appeal Against Fraudulent Attempts by Riok Nigeria Limited To Obtain $143 million or N54 million and by Dr Ted Edwards Isegohi To Obtain $159 million from the Allocations of every one of the 774 LGAs in Nigeria.”
ALGON had asserted that a few firms, including Ted Edwards Isegohi’s, against a court request, are making a “false case of $159 million” from the 774 LGA distributions.
The firm asserted it worked for nearby government chambers, in getting discounts of first line charge/Paris Club.
In the request dated March 29, ALGON deplored that a portion of the most noticeably awful hit LGAs in the derivations are Ika North Local Government Area, Delta State, Ngor Okpala Local Government Area, Imo State and Lafia Local Government Area Nasarawa State.
The request clarified that the matter dated back to 2014 when an individual from ALGON Board went into a notice of comprehension (“MOU”) with another firm, Riok Nigeria Limited, (“the organization”) for the arrangement of boreholes among others in all the 774 neighborhood government territories and region committees of Nigeria.
SaharaReporters assembled that while the organization looks to recuperate the amount of $143.4 million or N54.5 billion which they asserted to be expected under the reminder, ALGON is guaranteeing that there is no proof that the organization fabricated or even started any development of borehole in any of the 774 LGAs.
Likewise, ALGON in the request clarified that Ted Edwards additionally professed to have offered lawful types of assistance in a court suit FHC/ABJ/CS/130/13 and that by goodness of a guidance letter from ALGON, he is qualified for 10% of the judgment installments; which is $318 million.
ALGON, in any case, questioned that in a decision followed through on the 27th of June, 2016, the Federal High Court chastised Ted Edwards for endeavoring to sneak his case for $318 million into the Garnishee procedures in the Linas judgment since it said Ted Edwards was never important for those procedures.