Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and representatives of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) met yesterday at the State House Abuja to discuss the over N250 billion shortfall in their monthly allocations.
The Federal Government has been making deductions from the states’ federal allocation as refund for the bailout funds given them to pay their workers’ salaries, among other things.
A presidency source privy to the meeting said the governors are keen on clearing the air on allegations that they got huge allocations for their states but diverted the funds to private pockets or misappropriated them.
To this end, the NGF raised a three-man committee comprising Governors Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Muhammad Abubakar (Bauchi) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) to meet with the Federal Government to resolve the dwindling allocation matter.
Emmanuel and Abubakar made it to the meeting yesterday while Aregbesola, said to be out of the country, was represented by the Director-General of the Forum.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Emmanuel who did not give details said “it has been a very good meeting and we tackled some issues.
“Everything we do, I keep reassuring Nigerians, we want to be together in Nigeria, so whatever we discussed it is in the interest of our citizens and we make sure we put our heads together to solve our challenges as a developing nation.