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Buhari Laments As State Governors Demand Fresh Bailout From FG Amidst Unpaid Salaries Allegations
October 18, 2017 – Buhari Laments As State Governors Demand Fresh Bailout From FG Amidst Unpaid Salaries Allegations
President Buhari yesterday lamented that despite the various interventions by the Federal Government, there were still complaints and agitations by workers over unpaid salaries and allowances by state governments.
He wondered how the unpaid workers had been managing to meet their needs.
Buhari made his position known while addressing a delegation of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, led by the forum’s chairman, Abdulaziz Yari, when they visited him in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Yari had led Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom State, representing the South-South; Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, representing the North-West; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State, representing the North-Central; Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Eric Igwe, representing the South-East; Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State, representing the North-East; and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, representing the South-West, to a meeting with the President.
During the meeting the governors, through Yari, requested that the President ensure the release of the 50 per cent of the Paris Club loan refund so that the funds could be built into the 2018 budgets of the state governments.
The various interventions the current administration had extended to states included bailouts, Paris Club loan refund and budget support.
Some governors were alleged to have diverted part of the bailouts.
The President told the governors that the plight of workers in the states needed urgent attention as many could barely survive.
“How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid their salaries for months.
“I actually wonder how the workers feed their families, pay their rents and even pay school fees of their children,” he said.
October 18, 2017 at 10:29 AM
Then what is your next step of action as a president having seen the depth of corruption under your government involving governors failure to pay there workers salaries despite the disbursement of billions of naira bail out fund, paris club loan and budget support intervention from the federal government? Merely taking a neutral stance and expressing your indignant while watching a monumental corruption going on under your administration will not make you a capable leader who has the interest of the masses at heart. Fighting corruption calls for stringent effort. A motion should be made by the executive arm of government in collaboration with the house of assembly to strip off completely the clause of ( IMMUNITY) shielding corrupt governors of our country so that they can swiftly be investigated and be tried in the court of law should they engage in embezzling public fund meant for the infrastructural development of there states. You have the right as the executive president of Nigeria to initiate this important step. Unless there is a question mark in your abstinence from corruption too. If not, such move will not only aid in the fight against corruption by the EFCC but also save the civil servants of there endless suffering perpetuated by there inhuman state governors.
October 18, 2017 at 10:29 AM
Excuse my language here, these idiots must go back to their respect states and develop revenue generation scheme. This is what developed nations have realized and have implemented,you cannot continue to be indelible appendage to the federal government. Soft taxes,( property tax, unused land tax) licensing (especially the brick layers, mechanics, Carpenters and so on), permits of all kind(such as construction, public parties, vehicle permits, business permits and so on). Folks, this is how America found their life styles. It is very effective at the state level and will work well especially in the South-West, I don’t know what Egbon Rotimi is doing begging for shameful hand-outs!\
October 18, 2017 at 3:43 PM
President Mohammed Buhari should immediately set up federal audit team to audit all the state government accounts, audit the way the previous bailout money were spent, and probe each of the state government for reckless spending, looting, embezzlement, and corruption. If any state is guilty of reckless spending, looting and embezzlement, the state should be ban from collecting federal allocations and no more bailout should be awarded to such state. Just imagined, governor Okorocha spending millions of Imo state funds to build statute for a foreign predident who is currently facing criminal and corruption charges in South Africa. I know for fact that that nuisance Fayose of Ekiti will definitely will be found guilty of looting and reckless spending of Ekiti state allocation and bailout for personal reason. It is a pity that the immunity provision in our messy constitution will not allow federal government to send those heartless bastard to maximum prisons for crimes against Nigerian people they are elected to represent their interests in various states of federation. Is a shame to see these crooks and looters governing human being.
October 19, 2017 at 3:23 PM
They will call it witch haunting and will end up buying cars for those who survive the auditing. sometimes I just wonder at the way African leaders irrespective of age, academic qualification, exposure or whatever beahve
October 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Mr. President, give them NOTHING. They are thieves. They used The money to build nonsense statues
October 18, 2017 at 5:22 PM
These thieving governors should be made to account for the way they spent the first bailout given to them. Please the house should remove the immunity clause in the army imposed constitution and let these stupid governors be probed and sent to jail. Again this is the more reason why the country should go back to constitution (federalism) before the war. Every region should find a way to raise revenue to develop their region. In this way only the reasonable and educated corrupt free individuals will be elected into office; not the types in office now who don’t know their left from their right. All they know is to steal public fund.
October 18, 2017 at 5:25 PM
THE OLIVER TWIST TEAM WANTS SOME MORE.KEEP DISHING OUT MONEY TO THOSE CROOKS,SAVING UP FOR RE ELECTION FOR SECOND TENURE AND THOSE WHO HAS EXHAUSTED THEIR TENURES WILL RUN FOR SENATE.
October 18, 2017 at 5:29 PM
The country should be restructured to the way it was before the war; in this way only intelligent men and women will be elected into office. People who will make use of their brain to find a way to generate revenue to develop their state/region. Devolution of powers is necessary where the center is not the lord. As it is now, the center is everything and the destitute states will continue to embezzle any money given to them and come begging for more.