Governors Drag Federal Government To Court Over Ten National Integrated Power Projects
Written by Adewale Adeyemi on November 24, 2022
The Thirty-Six states governors in Nigeria have instructed their lawyers to drag the federal government to court over the Executive Order on the decision to sell the Ten National Integration Power Project. The governors also said they remain resolute on legal options on the controversial Four Hundred And Eighteen Million Dollars Paris Club Fund.
In a communique at the end of the governors’ meeting signed by the Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the governors said, the Forum, following its advocacy that the proposed privatisation of Ten National Integrated Power Projects by the Federal Government of Nigeria should be stopped, instructed its lawyers to approach the Federal High Court which at present has issued a court order restraining all the parties in the suit from taking any step or action that will make or render the outcome of the Motion on Notice seeking for interlocutory injunction nugatory.
Regarding the Four Hundred And Eighteen Million Dollars Paris Club Refund and promissory notes issued to the consultants by the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Debt Management Office, the governors stressed that they remain, “resolute in exploring all legal channels available to it in ensuring that resources belonging to States are not unjustly or illegally paid to a few in the guise of consultancies.”
The communiqué said the governors were also monitoring the flood situation across the country and working with the federal government through the National Economic Council and in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, National Emergency Management Agency, Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.