Governors Ask Buhari for Full Payment of Paris Club Refund

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The NGF Chairman said, "We are here on behalf of the 36 states governors and this is as a result of a collective decision to see the president after the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting last month".

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday lamented that despite the various interventions by the Federal Government, there were still complaints and agitations by workers over unpaid salaries and allowances by state governments.

Governor Yari told reporters after the closed door meeting with the president that timely release of the funds will help the states execute major projects.

The delegation, led by the forum's chairman, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, comprises the governors of Kebbi, Bauchi, Kwara, Ondo, Jigawa and Ebinyi.

President of NLC, comrade Ayuba Wabba who spoke to LEADERSHIP on phone said, the president has shown clearly that he understands the plights of the workers. But clearly, this has shown that it is not about just releasing money to them. They must first give account of what has been released to them.

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Yari noted that the bailouts, and part of the fallout from the London-Paris Club refund that had been received by the states, were properly expended to alleviate the plight of workers, but more had to be done.

Some governors had also come under attacks for alleged mismanagement of the funds, prompting concerns from stakeholders, President Buhari inclusive.

Buhari said the Federal Government and governors would need to work together to ameliorate the situation of workers across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of pension to police officers who served under the then Biafra police during the civil war.

Senator Samuel Anyanwu from Imo East, who sought the leave of the Senate to move a motion on the matter during Thursday's plenary, queried the legality of the funds given to governors by President Buhari‎. This support is going down to them, when you are taking the indices from the grassroots. "It is not going to be business as usual", he said. It argued that it will be wrong for some of the governors who failed to use the initial 50 per cent refund earlier given to them to pay salaries and pensions to enjoy another refund.

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