Governors from across the 36 states of the federation will meet in Abuja on Wednesday to discuss how they can come out of the present economic crisis which has made many of them unable to pay workers’ salaries.
The meeting will also discuss issues that have to do with federal allocation and the contentious Excess Crude Account.
All Progressives Congress (APC) governors met on Tuesday night over the salary crisis. At the meeting, the governors called on the Federal Government to a setup a bailout plan for the states that have not been able to pay civil servants their salaries for many months.
Spokesperson of the governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State blamed bad economic policies of the past government for the current financial crisis facing state governments at the moment
“On the economy of the nation, we are concerned and worried by the dwindling revenue of the states, which today has affected negatively on the people and the matter has become so serious that urgent action must be taken for a bailout for the state as things are not getting better.
“We sat down to review what steps to be taken and we are are calling for a total overhaul of the system to block all the leakages in our nations economy. We have realized that what we are going through today is as a result of poor management of our nations economy in the recent times and in fact the APC Government has come to meet a near empty treasury and this is worrisome, not only to us as governors, but I think the entire nation”he said.
The agenda for the meeting include a briefing by the chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State, update on Federal Allocation and Fiscal Commission and Excess Crude Account, revenue enhanced scheme for states and brief from the secretariat.
Some of the new governors have been lamenting that their predecessors left huge debt for them, while some two-term governors are also lamenting because of the drop in oil revenue in the international market.