Buhari orders more cash released to states before Christmas

FROM LEFT: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chairman Of The Governors Forum, Gov. Abdullaziz Yari Of Zamfara And Gov. Rochas Okorocha Of Imo, During A Meeting Of The President With State Governors At The Presidential Villa In  Abuja On Thursday (28/4/16). 3235/28/4/2016/ICE/BJO/NAN
FROM LEFT: Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; President Muhammadu Buhari; Chairman Of The Governors Forum, Gov. Abdullaziz Yari Of Zamfara And Gov. Rochas Okorocha Of Imo, During A Meeting Of The President With State Governors At The Presidential Villa In Abuja On Thursday (28/4/16). 3235/28/4/2016/ICE/BJO/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed his key finance officers to sit down with representatives of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, to determine how much of their unpaid debts can be released to them before Christmas.

This is in response to pleas by the governors, who came to the State House on Monday under the leadership of Abdul-Aziz Yari, the Chairman of the Forum asking that the President give a commitment to pay all outstanding debts owed them from London and Paris Club deductions to ease their financial hardships.

Mr. Buhari said he was not averse to the payments so long as the treasury can afford it and the economy will not be destabilised, a statement from his office said Monday.

The governors informed the president that they wanted his commitment on the repayment so that they could factor the money into their 2018 appropriation plans.

In his reaction, the president said that the issues affecting the States were familiar to him.

“I will not be saying much because the responsible ministers are here: Finance, Budget and Planning and the Central Bank of Nigeria. I request you to appoint your own team to come and sit down with them.

“This should be done, not only for next year’s budget but for this Christmas. The Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning and the Central Bank should sit down with you in a sub-committee to see how much can be released before Christmas.

“For Nigerians without sources other than their salary, I am concerned that workers should be able to pay rent, school fees, buy drugs and take care of their families. I am so much concerned that people should have something to eat for Christmas.”

A statement by Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said following the presentation by other Governors – Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna; Rauf Aregbosola, Osun; Udom Emmanuel – Akwa Ibom State and Rochas Okorocha, Imo State “took turns to commend the President for caring for the States and their workers; for his equal treatment of the States irrespective of political party differences and for approving these refunds to the States going back to 2015 which according to them, “previous leaders chose not to give attention to.”


DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM TIMES MOBILE APP

Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

TEXT AD:ADVERTISE HERE! CALL 07088095401


All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.


  • D-A-N-G-O-T-E-C-E-M-E-N-T

    Information for thè general republic

    Däñ-goté3x cement ïs nøw sôld díréct fròm thè fäctory for #1400 per bäg

    #300 tó delìver per bäg,indìvìdual càn ordér a mìñimum of 1OObägs,

    trailer load of 6OObàgs,träiler load of 900bägs trailer lòad of 14OObägs and abõvé.

    contäct thé sälès Mr Ojekere on (08038348596) or assìstant säles mänäger Mrs Gräce on (08063312745) for inquiry

  • curseless

    These governors are very shameless. I’m convinced that if money is released to them most of it will vanish into a sinkhole and peoples hope will be dashed again. We have a governor in Osun trying to complete a 68 billion Naira airport in 8 months when worker are still begging for arrears. When will this nonsense stop?

    • atakamosu

      Osun airport is a fraudulent scheme to gather election war chest. These guys steal in broad daylight. Now Buhari is handing out a bailout, but the governors will divert for themselves.

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      You are right, Buhari seems helpless, what can Nigerians do to punish these Governors is what should be the burning question

      • Otunba

        Lead us through on what Nigerians should be preparing for as a way out to “purnish these Governors”. Buhari is helpless??? I can’t stop shaking my head!

        • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

          You must still be shaking your head then, hope it doesn’t snap – the head normally snaps easily if what’s inside is empty.

          If you don’t appreciate were one is coming from, you can do well to stay on your narrow lane. Now get behind me.

      • Kareem Raji

        Helpless indeed. Are they not stashing the money away for his 2019 election? Buhari is in the know. Hypocracy- govt of the hypocrites, by the hypocrites of the hypocrites

  • newday

    It’s sad to observe that Nigerian workers have to be subjected to the whims & caprices of our leaders to survive as if they were not provided for in the budgets before hire.. How long will this continue? If some states are not viable, scrap, consolidate or restructure.them..