The Federal Government is owing 16 states of the federation the sum of N580.5bn, which was incurred as a result of various rehabilitation works carried out on some federal roads across the country, state officials have disclosed.
The revelation was made yesterday in Abuja at a public hearing organised by the joint House of Representatives committee on works and finance.
Leading the pack are states owed are Ogun, Akwa Ibom and Zamfara states being owed the sum of N222.977bn, N75.9bn and N57.92bn respectively.
Giving the breakdown of the funds owed Ogun State, the permanent secretary in the state ministry of works and infrastructure, Engr. K. A. Ademolake, disclosed the state government had awarded 38 contracts for the construction of the federal roads in the state from 2007 to date.
He said out of the total sum, the state government had paid the sum of N123.7bn to the contractors.
He added that there was no single reimbursement from the federal government.
Other states being owed are Anambra State with N43.427bn; Oyo State, N32.93bn; Enugu State, N25.930bn; Cross River State, N25.701bn; Ebonyi State, N21.85bn; Plateau State, N19bn; and Sokoto State, N13.103bn.
Also owed are Kwara State, N12.855bn; Ekiti State, over N11bn; Abia State, N5.2bn; Adamawa State, N4bn; Gombe State, N3.851bn and Bauchi State, N1.9bn.
The affected states therefore urged the committee to do everything possible to ensure that the federal government settled the outstanding amounts. (Leadership)