As Buhari Meets APC Governors, We Stand with Mr. President, Says Okorocha

July 26, 2016, 12:51 pm

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, met with governors elected on the platform of his party, All Progressives Congress (APC) at the State House in Abuja.

At the close of the meeting, the APC Governors Forum chairman, Rochas Okorocha, said they (governors) had come to identify with the laudable programmes of President Buhari.

"We have come to reassure Mr. President that the APC‎ governors are solidly behind him. His fight against corruption, his fight against insurgents and all his laudable projects.

"‎We are concerned about the incessant happenings in the National Assembly and we have taken it upon ourselves to look into the matter, the crisis at the National Assembly.

"We are going to look into the matter because we need a strong, vibrant National Assembly to make things move fast in the country," he said.

Okorocha, who also said the fortunes of the states government had improved remarkably, noted that the Buhari administration "is doing a lot," and urged Nigerians to be patient with the government.

"There is a lot of improvement. You will recall that when oil was above $100, what the states are getting ‎now is close to what they used to get when oil price was above $100.

"T‎his means this government is doing a lot, we are not yet there but we are getting there. We appeal to Nigerians to be patient with this government because it means well about the welfare of our people."

The states have been in bad financial shape receiving meager allocations from the federation accounts in the last one year.

The parlous financial situation of the states left no fewer than 28 states being unable to pay their staff salaries while some of the governors applied for bail-outs from the Federal Government.

Last week, the Minister for Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma, hinted that things had started to look up financially as the Federal Inland Revenue Services (FIRS) had improved on revenue collections making more money available for the governors to fund government business in their respective states.

The revenues shared to the governors in July from the Federal Allocation Accounts Committee (FAAC) was an improvement over what they received in previous months.

On their proposed exchange trip to Germany, Okorocha said it was not a jamboree but a program aimed at improving governance back home.

"There is nothing like jamboree trip‎. We are going to Germany because we cannot do everything here without exchanging ideas.

"Everything you do in your home, your business, you share ideas. So, we want to see how they did  what they have done to succeed. It's the aspiration of Nigeria to be like other countries in the world."
 

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