As expected whenever governors in Nigeria meet these days, the agenda is how to share money.
The Nigeria Governors Forum met at the Sheraton hotel in Abuja late last night and after the meeting they insisted that the states have not received any bailout from the federal government.
According to the chairman of the NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, what is being shared currently is not a bailout but monies from the NLNG and the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC).
Contrary to what the governors have been saying for several weeks about the need for a bailout, Gov. Yari said that a bailout is not what they are seeking.
“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.
“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 said.
But money sharing was not all the governors discussed. They resolved in their meeting to have a discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari during the National Economic Council meeting on Friday, about the worsening value of the naira.
They worried over the adverse economic effect which the foreign exchange instability was wreaking on the economy.
Yari said, “We are going to discuss with Mr. President to seek lasting solutions to the worsening macroeconomic challenges confronting the nation, especially on foreign exchange stability.
“The forum pledges 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 also said the governors discussed health related issues, with the view to seeking areas of cooperation with the Federal Government on the implementation of the National Health Act.
“We will collaborate with the federal government to ensure that the National Health Act is operational and to agree on funding for primary health care to be provided for in the budget.
“Sequel to the presentation made by the Country Representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the forum agreed to aggressively support the total eradication of polio in the country,” Yari added.