President Muhammadu Buhari has decried the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors. The federal government had on May fourth released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling two hundred and forty-three billion, seven hundred and ninety-five million naira. The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995 and 2002.
The President, who met with the National Council of traditional rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund.
While lamenting the plight of Nigerian workers who have not been paid in months and pensioners who have not been paid their retirement benefits in years, President Buhari appealed to the governors to ensure every one under them gets paid.
He also pledged that his administration will continue to do its best in executing developmental projects to uplift the standard of living of all Nigerians irrespective of their geo-political backgrounds.
Earlier in his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, said the traditional rulers were in the Presidential Villa to wish the president and the country well and to express their unflinching support for the administration.