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Bailout Fund: Senate Ranks Enugu State Governor Above Others

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The Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration has described Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s utilisation of the Federal Government bailout funds released to Enugu State government as impressive and in line with the principles of accountability.

Speaking with journalists after the Committee rounded off its legislative oversight function on the utilisation of bailout funds to the state, the Committee’s Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Gumel, said that their scrutiny of the state’s record revealed that Governor Ugwuanyi was transparent and prudent in the use of the funds in a way the committee had not experienced anywhere else.

The Senator applauded the peaceful atmosphere in the State and the Governor’s innovative management of the funds, urging other States to take a cue from him.

“We have gone through the books. And as far as the bailout funds are concerned, everything is in order. In fact, Enugu State has even gone further because we haven’t seen this in any other states. We are not doing it because he was our colleague, we are doing it because we have seen with our eyes. This is an innovation and we are reflecting it in our report.

“We are proud of him. And we are proud of the deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and how they are working together. We’re happy that the atmosphere is serene, everything is calm and working well. We are going back to write our report,” said Gumel.

The Committee had earlier on arrival paid a courtesy visit to the Government House, Enugu, where they were received by the Governor.

Gov. Ugwuanyi informed them that the N4.207billion bailout fund his administration had received was judiciously deployed for the purposes of liquidating the outstanding pensions and subvention to parastatals, agencies and departments.

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