President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday charged governors of the 36 states of the federation to be more prudent with public resources, stressing that the economy of the country is in a bad shape.
The President met with the states’ chief executives at the Council Chamber in the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The meeting started around 12.40pm.
Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, who briefed newsmen at the end of the meeting which lasted about 30 minutes, said the President told them to tighten their belts.
The Governors met the President after an extended session of the National Economic Council, NEC, presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Speaking with State House correspondents, Yari stated that they thanked the President for releasing the Paris club funds to them without any discrimination.
Asked what was the President’s response, he said: ” The President responded by thanking and telling us that the economy is in bad shape and that we have to come together and think on the way forward.”
In attendance at the NEC were David Umayi (Ebonyi),Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (Kano), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nasiru El-Rufai (Kaduna) and Yahaya Bello (Kogi). Some Deputy Governors were also in attendance at Friday’s meeting.