PMB Didn’t Order Us to Clear Salary Arrears before Xmas – Govs

By FRANCIS OGBONNA
Contrary to reports making the rounds, the 36 governors under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, have insisted they were not ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari to clear all outstanding salaries owed state workers before the yuletide.
The Forum in a statement signed by Abulrazque Barkindo, Head, media and public Affairs, said, “No mention of all workers arrears was ever made, by President Muhammadu Buhari.”
According to the statement, the President in the meeting they had with him Monday only expressed concerns. According to the statement the President had said “For Nigerians without sources other than their salary, I am concerned that workers should be able to pay rent, school fees, buy drugs and take care of their families. I am so much concerned that people should have something to eat for Christmas.”
It further explained that “The governors had appealed to the president to once again authorize the Finance ministry and the other officials to hasten the payment of the remainder of the Paris and London Club loan refunds as they had factored the monies into their 2018 budgets.”

The NGF however promised to make the people happy within their powers this season of festivities.
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