Posted by News Express | 28 November 2017 | 2,434 times
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed state governments to ensure payment of outstanding workers’ salaries in their various states to enable them “smile to the banks”, and happily celebrate the forthcoming Christmas.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State confirmed this development to State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
He said workers’ issue took the centre stage during the meeting, saying that the President was so much concerned with those who depended on salaries to feed their families, pay school fees and their house rents.
He said President Buhari specifically directed the Governors to ensure that they kept workers and pensioners happy by paying their outstanding salaries and allowances from the balance of the outstanding Paris Club refund which would soon be paid to them.
“It was a brief meeting between the Governors of Nigeria and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The discussion centred on basically the end of year and the President himself has expressed the need to make sure that every Nigerian, especially the workers have a beautiful Christmas.
“The issue of outstanding Paris Club was discussed and that was taken care of to make sure that workers in various states everywhere in the country get to celebrate the Christmas.
“We also use the opportunity to review our working relationship with the President and we found out that we are in harmony. There is no difference between us and the president, everybody seems to be very happy; we are working together.
“We particularly commended Mr President for getting Nigeria out of recession,’’ he said.
Okorocha stated that the Governors lauded the President for approving the payment of the remaining balance of 50 percent of the Paris Club refund to the states.
He said the President’s approval would enable the states to include part of the refund in their 2018 budget proposals.
“We are looking at getting the balance of Paris Club refund thrashed out once and for all.
“We also made a request for Mr President’s approval that the balance should form part of our 2018 budget because we can’t include it until we are sure that the money is coming. That was also sorted out,” he added.
Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said: “The Paris club figures need to be reconciled. While the reconciliation process was going on, the President approved that 50 percent of the original amount be paid to the states. The payment started from last year.
“We still have the balance of the first 50 percent.
“The balance of the first 50 percent is what we are expecting now before Christmas. The President has approved that and said it must be paid.” (NAN)
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