By Umar Muhammad Puma
Kaduna State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i has said the federal government have been taking 1billion dollar monthly from the excess crude account to augment the collapse of oil revenue. to this end, will not be able to pay workers salary by February.
Addressing reporters yesterday in Abuja, the former FCT minister said the federal Government took a billion last month to argument federation account allocation, and plan to take another billion in December to pay salaries and another billion in January just before the election so that by February, those that work with the federal government will not have their salaries.
He said, “I think it is important for Nigerians to understand that we have only 2.2 billion dollars in the Excess Crude Account and they are taking a billion dollars every month to argument the Federation Account allocation so that they can just barely pay salaries.
“The federal government is relying not on the oil they sell, because they don’t sell a lot of oil; half of it is stolen and we know who is doing the stealing and the price has come down to 60 to 70 dollars per barrel, more than 10 dollars below the budgeted price of 78 dollars; so very soon we are getting to point that the federal government will not be able to pay salaries.
Asked on his expectation on the forthcoming APC national convention, El-Rufai said “I think the party has already done a lot to try to get the aspirants to be committed to supporting whoever win, I think that is important, and we have gotten that undertaking from the aspirants.
Based on my closeness with General Muhammadu Buhari, I know that he is talking to other aspirants without exception and the whole idea is the party and the country are more important that individual aspirations.
On what the Kaduna people will expect more from you if he was elected into office. He said the people of Kaduna should not expect magic going by the present economic situation. He however promise to do his best to turn the fortunes of the state.