The Nigeria Governors Forum are set meet on Wednesday to inaugurate the new board and perfect plans to demand a financial bailout from the Federal government to pay salaries.
It is no secret that for months now almost half the states in Nigeria are having difficulties in paying workers their salaries.
The governor have blamed the Federal government allocations on the situation but the FG has said monthly allocations reduced due to falling price of oil.
According to Premium Times, the NGF meeting is to take place at the Lagos/Osun Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja by 10 a.m.
On Tuesday, the governors had met on their party paltforms; All Progressive Congress (APC governors) and Peoples DemocraticParty (PDP governors) to discuss ways they can liaison with the FG to bail them out.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, while addressing journalists on Tuesday, the newly inaugurated APC government met a near empty treasury and the need to overhaul the economy cannot come sooner.
An unnamed PGF governor who spoke to aPremium Times correspondent said, “we would get update on the Federation Account Allocation Committee as well as the Excess Crude Account after which a proposal for bailout to states would be discussed. As it stands, we have no option than to approach Mr. President collectively on this matter.”
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On ways to enhance state generated revenue, he said, “we would discuss openly and collaboratively on how to enhance the revenue drive in the states, by sharing experiences and proposals, the belief is that we can collectively contribute to the best way out of the present quagmire.”
The governors had also proposed
Another issue to be discussed at the forum will be a proposal to set up an “NGF Leadership Academy” to be run by the secretariat of the NGF.
Director General of the NGF, Ashishana Okauru is expected to brief the governors on the setting up of the academy and other matters from the secretariat.
The Governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, who was elected the Chairman of the NGF at its last meeting would be assuming office while a vice will be elected today as nobody was elected at the last session.
To manage the dwindling financial resources in states, some governors and state lawmakers have began taking a paycut so as to use their allowances to pay staffs.
Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa state has promised to take a paycut while, Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, says he would cut his and his deputy, Mr Barnabas Bala’s, salaries by 50% until the economic situation in the state improved.