President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday held a closed door meeting with the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) at the Council Chambers, Aso Rock, Abuja.
The agenda for the meeting, though not originally known, was later revealed to be connected to the Paris/London bailout funds which state governors were demanding to pay workers’ salaries.
The Federal Government had recently stated that it was planning to extend a third bailout to the states to assist them pay salaries.
Governors at the meeting confirmed that the president had directed that 50 per cent of the Paris Club refund be paid to the governors.
Arising from this, states’ helmsmen also declared that they would pay salaries subject to the receipt of the Paris Club refund as promised by the federal government.
A later information released by the Presidency on its twitter handle, disclosed that President Buhari during the closed-door meeting directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun; the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma; and the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to ensure that the outstanding Paris and London Clubs refunds were paid to the governors before the end of the year.
“President @ MBuhari has directed the Ministers of @ FinMinNigeria and Budget & National Planning and Governor @ cenbank to commence negotiations with the Governors Forum to enable payment of outstanding Paris & London Club refunds, before the end of the year,” the Presidency tweeted.
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