The Anambra State Government on Sunday said the Federal Government owes it N43bn for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of federal roads in the state since 2003.
The Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C.Don Adinuba, disclosed this in a statement.
Adinuba, who debunked insinuations by Senator Ifeanyi Ubah that the state governor, Willie Obiano, had led the state into huge indebtedness, asked the senator to sue the state to substantiate his claims.
The statement read in part: “Senator Ifeanyi Ubah claimed at a news conference that Anambra State lost a whopping N8bn as discounts by accessing funds from the N25bn promissory notes which the Federal Government used to reimburse the state in tranches for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of federal roads in the state over the years.
“He threatened to go to court against the state government if, as he put it, the authorities failed to provide full information on how they caused the state to lose such a huge amount.
“The Anambra State Government is advising the senator to proceed to court immediately against it because no such amount or anything near it was lost in order to get discounts on the tranches of payment to the state government through promissory notes of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
“The federal authorities has never denied owing Anambra State as much as N43bn for rehabilitating and reconstructing federal roads in the state from 2003 to this day.
“The Senate has held hearings on the indebtedness and recommended repayment.