By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – THE 36 Governors of the Federation under the umbrella of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in closed-door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and demanded for the payment of the balance Paris Club Refunds as agreed in 2016.
The governors also commended the President for his intervention in the payment of salary crisis in many States through the the bailout funds, adding that the bailout had remained a great relief bearing in mind that the majority of the nation’s population resides in rural areas of the states.
Recall that President Buhari in the first tranche of the refunds, approved the release of N516 billion to the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A total of N243. 795 billion was released to the states in the second tranche as part of the wider efforts to stimulate the economy and support states in meeting salary and other obligations, thereby alleviating the challenges faced by workers.
But the President has expressed concern on the growing complaints and agitations by workers in states over unpaid salaries and allowances, in spite of interventions by the Federal Government
President Buhari according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said the plight of workers in the states need urgent attention as many could barely survive.
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