Representatives of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum yesterday met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa in Abuja to discuss modalities for recovering the over N250 billion shortfall in states’ statutory allocation.
The federal government had reportedly deducted the amount from the various states’ monthly allocations for debts incurred and the bailout funds granted.
A total of N32bn was reported to have been deducted for debts incurred from states’ April allocations thus: Osun N2.391bn; Bayelsa N3.207bn; Cross River N1.405bn; Ogun N1.185bn; Plateau N1.248bn and Ekiti N1.067bn.
Within the same period, the federal government was said to have also deducted N3.078bn for the bail-out funds given some states.
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum had at its extraordinary meeting last Friday, raised a three-man committee comprising the governors of Bauchi, Akwa Ibom and Osun to discuss the issue with the government.
A presidency official who preferred anonymity told journalists yesterday that the governors took up the matter in response to the allegation of diversion of their allocations.
Governors Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom and his Bauchiý counterpart, Muhammad Abubakar, met with Osinbajo, while Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State was represented by the Director-General of the NGF.
Udom told State House reporters that yesterday’s meeting with the vice president was in the interest of Nigerians.
He did not give details of the meeting but said they were mandated by the forum to discuss certain issues with the vice president.