In a bid to ease financial hardships being experienced by states in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to release the second tranche of the London-Paris club refunds.
President Buhari gave the order on Thursday when he held a meeting in Abuja with the National Economic Council (NEC) made up of state Governors and chaired by the Vice-President.
However, the President stressed that the refunds should be used to settle unpaid salaries and pension liabilities.
“I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,” he said.
President Buhari, who went round the Council Chambers to greet the governors one after another, praised the unity of the Forum of State Governors. He thanked them profusely for their display of “love and respect” to him.
Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF), Mr Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara State, assured the President, on behalf of his colleagues, that they will continue to support his policies and actions which they had adjudged as being in the nation’s best interest.
The Governors of Imo, Akwa-Ibom, Osun and Abia States thanked President Buhari for saving the day for states through the first tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds while calling for the immediate release of the second one.
They also commended the trust the President reposed in the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, whom they said did not disappoint when he acted as President.