Akpabio addresses ‘misunderstandings’ over N30bn food intervention payment remarks


In response to misinterpretations surrounding his comments made during a recent Senate plenary session, President of the Nigerian Senate Godswill Akpabio has clarified that his remarks regarding a #30 billion payment to sub-national governments were intended to encourage collaboration between states and the federal government led by President Bola Tinubu.

Akpabio, making the clarification in a press statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Hon Eseme Eyiboh, emphasized that he was aware of the crucial role played by state governments as partners in the ongoing initiatives of the Tinubu administration and valued stakeholders in legislative processes aimed at connecting lawmakers with their constituents.

He therefore expressed regret that some members of the public had taken his statements out of context, which could lead to confusion or misunderstanding. He urged the state governors not to allow such misperceptions to hinder their cooperation with the federal government in addressing the nation's challenging economic circumstances.

He reiterated his dedication to fostering unity among Nigeria's leaders and invited additional support for the "renewed hope" agenda, referencing the efforts already being undertaken by state governors to alleviate the negative impacts of the present social and economic climate.
in the country.

Below is text of the statement:

“The office of the President of the Senate has been drawn to various misconceptions in the public domain on the statement credited to the President of the Senate in plenary of Wednesday, February 21, 2024, during the presentation of a report of the joint Committees on Finance, Agriculture/Food Sufficiency, Banking and Insurance. 

“During the session the President of the Senate commented on the payment of an unverified cumulative sum of about #30b to the sub-national governments by the Federal Government for various interventions to ameliorate the food situation of our citizens at the sub-national governments. 

“The unfortunate conjectures to take away the kernel in the material facts of FAAC payment are rather regretted. In considering the well-intended motive of urging state governments to collaborate with the Federal government of President Bola Tinubu to facilitate strategic interventions to mitigate the prevailing economic situation in the country remains the underpinning motivation in the comment. 

“The President of the Senate is not oblivious to the fact that State governments are functional partners in all the efforts of the current administration of President Bola Tinubu and are also valuable Stakeholders' in the various legislative engagements of the legislature in creating the nexus between the legislature and the people. 

“The President of the Senate has always demonstrated commitment to team building and shall not do less in the circumstance. He therefore urges the sub-national governments not to be distracted by any misunderstanding of the context and true meaning of the statement. 

“The President of the Senate recognizes and appreciates the current efforts of the governors at ameliorating the adverse effects of the current inclement socio-economic environment and therefore invites more hands on the plow to complement the renewed hope agenda.”

~Hon Eseme Eyiboh

Special Adviser on Media and Publicity and official Spokesperson to the President of the Senate

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