By Ehi Ekhator, Naija Center News
The Executive Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has alleged that the past President, Goodluck Jonathan and his Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala denied Edo State the sum of N10 billion in four years.
Oshiomhole said “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.”
The governor disclosed this while addressing State House correspondent after he and a former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock.
Oshiomhole said that if the amount $1.6bn NLNG tax that Buhari shared as bailout fund had come during Jonathan’s administration, it would have disappeared without states benefiting from it.
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 governor expressed happiness towards Buhari because of his effort and promise to stop impunity and fragrant disobedient of law and order.
“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.” The governor added.