Nigerian Governors under the aegis of Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) are set to table a financial bailout request before President Muhammadu Buhari over the salary crisis that has engulfed many states across the federation.
Some states are owing their workers for several months. While the governors blame this crisis on dwindling monthly allocation received from the federal government since 2014, unpaid civil servants and pensioners have continued to cry out for survival.
Nigeria’s major revenue source, which is oil, has suffered a drop in price in the international market and this is largely responsible for the diminishing monthly allocation accruing to states.
The governors who had earlier on Tuesday met on the platform of their parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be having a joint meeting today (Wednesday) under NGF to reach a unified agreement on the matter to propose to the President.
The governors is meeting under the umbrella of NGF for the first time after its election of 2013 which broke the organisation into two factions led by former governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Jonah Jang of Plateau State.
The Chairman of Progressives Governors Forum, PGF of the APC, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, had while addressing newsmen at the end of their meeting on Tuesday, said they resolved to push for a bailout from the federal government to save states from collapse.
The states, which are owing workers, according to the Nigeria Labour Congress are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zamfara.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has denied owing workers in the state.
According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration had never owed workers salary since inception.