- Put deliberation on minimum wage on hold
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has resolved that the Nigerian National Corporation of Petroleum (NNPC) must remit all monies due to the federation account before the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee meeting can go ahead.
The Chairman of the Forum, Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara, who read out the communique of the meeting held at the forum’s Secretariat on Wednesday night in Abuja, said the governors also resolved to delay deliberation on the new minimum wage until they receive report from its committee.
Yari said that the forum was yet to receive harmonised report on minimum wage by its members in the Federal Government inaugurated committee on the matter.
On the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) deadlock, Yari said the issue was about disagreement on the figures presented by the corporation.
He said that the governors were not comfortable with irregularities and discrepancies in monthly remittances, amount for subsidies and cost of maintenance being withdrawn at will by the NNPC.
According to the governor, this does not mean that there is a rift between the governors and the NNPC as being reported.
“You cannot just deep hands into public money and say this is what you are going to do. You either seek the approval of the National Executive Council or the president. But you took the money at your discretion without approval.
“NNPC is owned by federal, state and local governments. The states and local governments have 48 per cent and federal government 52 per cent. Therefore, we need to speak out when we disagree.
“We are not quarrelling but we are having disagreement on the numbers and we are saying NNPC should return this money for public sharing. If that one is settled, FAAC will go ahead.
The monthly FAAC meeting was adjourned last week, the third since June 27 and the fifth since the beginning of the year, over controversies surrounding remittances by the NNPC.