HARDSHIP: Gov. Umo Eno Disputes Senator Akpabio’s N30 Billion Palliative Claim


HARDSHIP: Gov. Umo Eno Disputes Senator Akpabio’s N30 Billion Palliative Claim

• Suggests it Might Be a Prophecy

Governor Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State has refuted Senator Godswill Akpabio’s statement regarding a purported N30 billion federal government palliative fund for the states, calling it a prophecy he hopes will materialize. Eno clarified that only N2 billion was allocated to the states as palliative, with a directive for repayment.

Contrary to Akpabio’s claim, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State denied receiving N30 billion from the federal government. Akpabio had mentioned during a Senate session that the 36 state governors were granted additional funds by the FIRS to address food scarcity, separate from their usual allocations, cautioning against misappropriating the funds.

Hear him; “In this era, some seek relevance by inciting the public with falsehoods against the government. Such behavior is not characteristic of a responsible civil society. It’s crucial to grasp civil society norms elsewhere and ensure a balanced flow of information.”

Regarding government allocations, Eno emphasized, “The state Ministry of Finance oversees government funds, backed by a budget and public records. Rather than spreading misinformation, I urge patience to await the published accounts before raising concerns.”

On the palliative issue, he added, “I appreciate his involvement in the palliative committee. The Federal Government allocated N2 billion to the states, despite the initial claim of N5 billion. We are awaiting the remaining N3 billion. Furthermore, the federal government has requested a refund of the N2 billion. Returning these funds, presumed to be state grants, implies that the states managed the palliative initiative.”

Governor Eno criticized the dissemination of false information for relevance, emphasizing the need for accountability in public funds management and urging for responsible civil discourse. Eno revealed receiving only N2 billion, of which a refund is expected, highlighting the necessity for transparent financial practices in governance.