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Recall of Paris Club refund: Governors vow to use fund to offset salaries

Recall of Paris Club refund: Governors vow to use fund to offset salaries

- The 36 state governors in Nigeria have said they will offset outstanding salaries in their states

- The governors have resolved to use their shares of the London and Paris Club refunds to offset the salaries

- The decision was made after the federal government ordered the recall of the second tranche of London and Paris Club refunds to five states

The governors of the 36 states of the federation have expressed readiness to use their shares of the London and Paris Club refund to offset outstanding salaries in their states.

This is coming after the federal government ordered that the second tranche of London and Paris Club refunds disbursed to five states be recalled. The funds disbursed to five states was $2.7 billion, Vanguard reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the governors, who had a meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, September 26, also said they would prepare their outstanding liabilities and have them forwarded to the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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The state governors were urged by the chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) and governor of Zamfara, Abdul'Aziz Yari, to come along with at least three months evidence of salary payment as well as evidence of any challenge related to the payment of salaries.

According to the director general of NGF, Asishana Okauru, the governors and the federal government are on the same page. He said: “The governors are committed to that and they have agreed to certainly comply with their commitments to pay salaries."

The governors of Kogi, Delta, Nasarawa, Niger, Imo, Plateau, Kebbi, Ebonyi, Benue and Zamfara states attended the meeting.

Representing their state governors were the deputy governors of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Gombe, Katsina, Rivers and Ondo.

The permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance, Cross River state, represented the state governor, Ben Ayade.

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Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government, on Monday, September 24, ordered recall of the second tranche of the London and Paris Club refunds disbursed to five states, amounting to about $2.7 billion (N972 billion).

The states involved were Delta, Imo, Benue, Rivers and Osun. The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) was said to have reacted to the recall.

It was learnt that the chairman of the forum, Governor Abdul’Aziz Yari Abubakar, however, called for an emergency meeting of the forum on Tuesday, September 25, at the NGF secretariat in Abuja.

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