We Will Pay All Salary Arrears Before December Under One Condition - Governors
It was gathered that the governors, however, gave a condition to be met for them to comply with the directive.
Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, made this known on Monday, November 27, while briefing State House correspondents after the governors held a closed-door meeting with the president.
Okorocha, who confirmed the directive from President Buhari said the payment of the arrears is dependent on the president’s approval of the payment of the 50% Paris Club loan refund.
He said: “Yes, with the Paris Club coming, every worker should enjoy his/her Christmas.
“The president has expressed the need to make ensure that every Nigerian especially the workers have a beautiful Christmas and the issue of outstanding Paris club was discussed and that was taken care of.
We also made a request for Mr. President’s approval so that the balance should form part of our 2018 budget, because we can’t include it, until we are sure that the money is coming. That was also sorted out.
“So, as it is now, the issue of workers took the centre stage and Mr. President was concerned about those who depend on their salaries to feed their families and pay their house rent and he had the assurance from the governors that we will meet up those obligations.”
President Buhari called on his ministers to work with state governors to ensure the payment of outstanding Paris and London Clubs refunds before the end of 2017.
Among them are minister Kemi Adeosun, the minister of budget and national planning Udo Udoma; and the Central Bank governor, Godwin Emefiele.