Governors elected under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said they were in the final stages of plans with the Federal Government in providing post-fuel subsidy removal palliatives to Nigerians.
Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Imo state Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, stated this at the end of a crucial meeting of the governors in Abuja.
He also said that after reviewing the resignation of the party’s former National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and the Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, the Governors noted that the actions of the two leaders were voluntary.
Addressing newsmen after the meeting, the forum’s Chairman admitted the removal of fuel subsidy has increased the revenue base of the Federation Account to be shared by all the Federal, State and local governments.
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According to him: “On the upcoming FAAC, we are aware that as a result of the removal of fuel subsidy, it will increase the volume of money that will be received in our purses during the Federation Account meeting and we are working with the Federal Government to ensure that it is utilized in a manner that the citizens are happy and the economy of the country will be protected.
“The current hardship occasioned by the price increase is being addressed. The subnational governments are working with the Federal Government and on Thursday there will be a meeting of the National Economic Council to cross the “I” and dot the “t’s”, he stated.
On recent developments in the APC, the PGF boss said; “We deliberated on so many issues as they have to do with our party, the APC. You must have heard of the resignation of the National Chairman of the party and the National Secretary of our party. Those are voluntary actions that have been taken and with due respect to our former National Chairman and the Secretary, we commended the wisdom behind the action they have taken. They served us well at the party and we are happy with their services and the party is united. There is no crisis in the party. They are happy and we also are happy and we are in support of their actions”.
Governors in attendance include Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Umar Bago (Niger); Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi); Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara); Acting Ondo state Governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa; Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia (Benue), Uba Sani (Kaduna); Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Mai Mala Buni (Yobe) and Dikko Radda (Katsina) and Bassey Otu (Cross Rivers).