The 36 governors of Nigeria on Thursday, announced that they will pay backlog of salaries and pension owed workers, immediately the next tranche of Paris-London Club loan refunds are made.
The governors met yesterday hoping that the other part of the Paris-London Club refund will be released, which already has been approved for payment by Acting President Yemi Osibanjo.
The governors are not oblivious of the hue and cry over the non-payment of the backlog of salaries and pension and the precarious predicament of the Nigerian workers.
The chairman of the forum said: “We all agreed that a substantial amount from the next tranche of the Paris-London refunds be used in the settlement of workers salary and pension arrears.”
Out of the N522.74 billion owed, N388.304 was paid to states last December.
Similarly, the governors committed to the verification of the input of all the consultants who claim to be working towards the harmonization of the refunds regarding what is due to which state, since 2005 when the demand for the refunds commenced.
At the moment, there are litigations from more than ten different consultants still agitating for settlement for their roles in the quest to have the refunds made to states.
In this regard, a committee was set up under the headship of Governor Femi Akeredolu of Ondo state.
Members are the governors of Bauchi, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar; Sokoto’s Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; Plateau’s Simon Lalong; Bayelsa’s Seriaki Dickson; Rivers’ Nyesom Wike and former Accountant General of the Federation and Gombe state governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo.
The forum also resolved to work harmoniously in a manner that would transcend all political affiliations so that all governors would speak with one voice on issues of national importance.
To achieve this a committee made up of the Governors of Imo, Bayelsa, Abia, Ekiti, Kano, Nasarawa and Bauchi was constituted to work for the “reconciliation of the forum and the betterment of the country.”