Governors in Desperate Search for Solutions to Economic Woes

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By Tobi Soniyi

States Governors on Thursday in Abuja admitted that they were desperately looking for solutions, both in the short and long term, to the economic challenges created by the sudden fall in ‎oil prices.

The Chairman of the Governors’ Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, who addressed journalists last night after a meeting of the governors at the Presidential Villa, said ‎the meeting was about the economy.

He said: “You know we are in a very bad situation and we need to come together and discuss intensively about this economy because it is what is now giving the states headache and by extension the Federal Government.

“If you look carefully at this month’s federation account its the worst ever in the last six years,so definitely we had to come to a round table. We were elected under different party platforms to perform, not just to pay salaries and it is worse off not to be able to pay salaries, so the issue is very very serious that we are coming back to discuss it and if we have the opportunity we will come back to see our leader Mr President.”

When asked if the governors were going to seek for further bailout from the Federal Government, Yari said: “We are not looking at that; rather, we are looking for permanent solutions to the problems that we are in now.”

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