Barely two weeks after the federal government doled out several billions of naira to assist cash-strapped states to pay outstanding salaries, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has denied requesting for bailout from the federal government.
The denial was made by the NGF chairman and governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, at the end of the forum’s meeting at Transcorp Hotel, Abuja, on Wednesday night.
Governor Yari, who addressed newsmen at the end of the meeting, declared that contrary to reports that the Buhari administration gave bailout to states, what was recently shared was their (states) entitlements from the dividends paid by the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas, NLNG.
“What had been shared last time was monies from NLNG and FAAC. And as we have been saying, we have not been looking for bailout; instead we have been looking for all monies that are in the coffers of the federation, most especially we are talking about some of the monies that are hung around the coffers of government to be brought together for the purpose of sharing,” he said.
According to Governor Yari, “We are not taking any bailout from the federal government and the federal government did not give us any bailout yet.
“But we are talking on how best the intervention will happen within these days so we will be able to settle the issue of salaries and other operations in government in the country.”
He also said the governors had resolved to help President Buhari to address the worsening economic situation in the country and to also create a clear policy direction for the country and stimulate domestic production.
They, therefore, resolved to “discuss with Mr. President to seek lasting solutions to the worsening macroeconomic challenges confronting the nation, especially on foreign exchange stability.
“To work with Mr. President to ensure coherent policy actions that will create a clear policy direction for the country and stimulate domestic production.”
Yari further declared that the 36 governors also resolved to “collaborate with the federal government to ensure that the National Health Act is operational and the one percent funding for primary health care is provided for in the budget.”

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