Give Us Our Paris Club Refund Balance, Governors Tell Buhari
The Nigeria Governors Forum has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to release the outstanding Paris Club refund by November to enable them include it in their 2018 budget appropriation.
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, who led a delegation of governors to meet with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa said they were in the Villa to thank the president for the previous bailouts as well as the Paris Club refund, which he said has helped them in meeting the obligations of their states.
“We are here on behalf of the 36 states governors and this is a result of the collective decision to see the president after the National Economic Council meeting last month.
“Our mission is simple: we are here to thank Mr. President for his concern about the state of the economy and for giving us several support ranging from bail out, restructuring our debts, Paris Club exit payment. We also told him that we think that it was because of his decision to grant us bailouts and pay the refund of the Paris Club that many Nigerians are criticising him, this is the reason why we got out of recession.”
Those in the delegation were Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom (South South), Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi (North West), Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara (North Central), deputy governor of Ebonyi, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe (South East), Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi (North East) and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo (South West).