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Paris Club refund: I'll pay what treasury can afford, Buhari tells Govs

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Paris Club refund: I'll pay what treasury can afford, Buhari tells Govs
President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Muhammadu Buhari says he is not averse to the payments of the outstanding Paris Club refunds to the states "so long as the treasury could afford it and the economy would not be destabilised."
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement, quoted Buhari as saying this on Monday while responding to pleas by the governors who came to the State House.
Buhari, according to Shehu, has directed his key finance officials to sit down with representatives of the Nigeria Governors Forum to determine how much of their unpaid debts can be released to them before Christmas.
Shehu said the governors asked the president to give a commitment to pay all outstanding debts owed them from London and Paris Club deductions to ease their financial hardships.
He said the governors informed the president that they wanted his commitment on this repayment so that they could factor the money into their 2018 appropriation plans.
The president was said to have also told the governors that the issues affecting the states were familiar to him.
Buhari said: “I will not be saying much because the responsible ministers are here: Finance, Budget and Planning and the Central Bank of Nigeria.  I request you to appoint your own team to come and sit down with them.
“This should be done, not only for next year’s budget but for this Christmas.  The Minister of Finance, Budget and Planning and the Central Bank should sit down with you in a sub-committee to see how much can be released before Christmas.  
“For Nigerians without sources other than their salary, I am concerned that workers should be able to pay rent, school fees, buy drugs and take care of their families. I am so much concerned that people should have something to eat at Christmas.”
According to Shehu, 'Following the presentation by the Chairman of the Governors Forum, four other Governors – Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna; Ogbeni Ra’uf Aregbosola, Osun; Udom Gabriel Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom State and Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Imo State took turns to commend the President for caring for the states and their workers; for his equal treatment of the states irrespective of political party differences and for approving these refunds to the states going back to 2015 which according to them, previous leaders chose not to give attention to."

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