Paris Club refund is our entitlement, we are not begging for money – Governors

A governor said Wednesday, that they are not begging the Federal Government for money, considering they are asking for the Paris Club refund – as it is their entitlement.

Bauchi governor – Mohammed Abubakar said, “Don’t forget, this is money that belongs to us. We are not begging for anything, but demanding what belongs to us and that it should be paid to us.”

Abubakar, who addressed reporters after a meeting of some All Progressives Congress (APC) governors with the National Working Committee (NWC) added, “I was at the meeting with the President. Mr President, in his usual fashion, expressed his concern for the plight of workers and the downtrodden. He did not direct any accusation at the governors because the governors have actually utilised most of the intervention fund from the Federal Government for payment of salaries –  and pensions.

Take Bauchi State, for example, my salary bill is N5.1 billion (states and local government). If you count the number of months that I came to FAAC and collect anything above N5 billion, it will not be more than five months in my two and half years in office.

“But because of the intervention today, I am proud to say that I am not owing a single kobo salary or pension. We have in the main, utilised this intervention towards payment.”

President Muhammadu Buhari told a delegation of governors on Tuesday that he was concerned about the agitation for salaries. “How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid salaries for months,” Buhari said.

On why Southwest governors were absent, the Bauchi governor said, “There is no communication gap. Two other deputy governors sent word that their flights were cancelled because of weather problem. The same thing applied to the Sokoto State Governor who sent word that his flight was cancelled due to difficulty in weather.

“So, there is no communication gap whatsoever. In the past, the governors were attending. Governors are very busy people and it is always very difficult for us to have time to be on the field in addition to running our states.Paris

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