By Lawal Sa’idu Funtua
Governor Muhammad Abubakar Badaru of Jigawa State has disclosed that each of the 36 states had received N10 bn budget support from the federal government.
Badaru made the disclosure while speaking at the ground breaking foundation laying ceremony of Kano-Katsina-Maradi railway project in Katsina.
The governor added that the federal government supported each state with N1bn for 10 month to enable them shoulder some of their responsibilities.
Badaru further disclosed that the president Buhari led administration has supported state through the Paris Club refund, where he said a small state like Jigawa got N40 bn.
Apart from this, the states were supported by President Buhari through other interventions such as bail out among others.
He similarly recalled that before the Advent of APC led administration about 27 states could not pay workers salaries despite according to him the large earnings from oil revenues.
” If not for the president’s support most of the states could not have achieve what they achieved. We therefore thank the president” he added.
He there described the railway project as an important economic venture that would facilitate international trade between the country and its neighbors.
Earlier in their separate remarks, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state and his Kano state counterpart, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje have hailed the initiative of the president on the railway project.