*Why are you still owing workers with what we gave you?
Governors under the umbrella of Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to approve payment of the 50% balance from the London and Paris Club refunds to states.
Zamfara State Governor Abdul’aziz Yari, who doubles as the chairman of NGF, made the demand on behalf if his colleagues when he led some governors to the presidential villa on Tuesday.
He told State House correspondents that they thanked Mr Buhari for approving payment of the first 50%, saying they would follow the meeting up with the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun when she returns to the country.
“We thanked the President and at the same time as a father, we said to him Mr President you remember that in 2016, we presented to you the numbers of London and Paris exit funds which we agreed, and you directed we be paid 50% and 50% open reconciliation.
“Reconciliation is on since 2016, we are hoping that both DMO, ministry of finance, AGF and our consultants are concluding this reconciliation by November.
“So therefore, we want to crave your indulgence so that we can factor the numbers in our 2018 budget so that we can use it for projects and other recurrent spending according to the specification given by our respective House of Assemblies and that’s why we are here.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja 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
Receiving a group of governors led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari, at the State House, President Buhari said the plight of workers in the states need urgent attention as many could barely survive.