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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Buhari-Governors meeting fallout: Impunity days, fiscal carelessness over

The President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja reiterated his resolve to work with the state Governors, but insisting that lack of accountability, impunity days, and fiscal carelessness in the running of national resources in the country, reports ITRealms.

Speaking through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina in a State House press statement available at the end of the meeting on Tuesday, June 23 to ITRealms, cautioned the state chief executives.

President Buhari who met with the governors led by Chairman, Governors Forum, Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, at Presidential Villa, Asokoro Abuja, pledged to recover government funds in the hands of erstwhile government officials who violated the tenets of their offices by strategically stopping the leakages.

As said by Adesina, President Buhari advised the 36 state governors to adhere strictly to the financial and administrative instructions in every government parastatal and agency.

“… But all these were thrown to the dogs in the past. Honestly, our problems are great, but we will do our best to surmount them,” he said.

Pointing out that the next three months may be hard, “but billions of dollars can be recovered, and we will do our best.”

He expressed shock that the governors had tolerated the allegedly financial misappropriation with the Excess Crude Account since 2011, but promised to tackle the issue resolutely.

Particularly, President Buhari expressed display over the payment of national revenue into any other account than the Federation Account, which he said was a misuse of the constitution, citing an instance with the happenings at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and described it as absolutely unlawful.

On the refund of monies spent on federal projects by state governments, President Buhari assured the governors that the Federal Government will pay, but insisted that due process must be followed.

The President promised special assistance for the three North Eastern states badly affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, stressing that a comprehensive statement on the economic and financial situation inherited by his administration will be made to the nation within the next one month.

He lamented that it is clear the incidences that led to the military intervention was obvious in the last dispensation.

"We will try and put the system back into the right position. What happened in the 2nd Republic has apparently happened again, and even worse, but we will restore sanity to the system," part of the press statement read.


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