President Muhammadu Buhari has directed state governments to ensure payment of outstanding workers’ salaries in their various states, to enable workers enjoy a “beautiful” celebration during the forthcoming Christmas.
The directive was made known to State House correspondents by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state after a closed door meeting with the President in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
The governor revealed that issues pertaining workers in the country took centre stage during the meeting.
He added that the president was so much concerned with those who depended on salaries to feed their families, pay school fees and their house rents.
Okorocha said President Buhari specifically directed the governors to ensure that they kept workers and pensioners happy by paying their outstanding salaries and allowances from the balance of the outstanding Paris Club refund which would soon be paid to them.
He said the President was so much concerned with those who depended on salaries to feed their families, pay school fees and their house rents.
“It was a brief meeting between the governors of Nigeria and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The discussion centred on basically the end of year and president himself has expressed the need to make sure that every Nigerian, especially the workers have a beautiful Christmas.
“The issue of outstanding Paris Club was discussed and that was taken care of to make sure that workers in various states, everywhere in the country get to celebrate the Christmas.
“We also use the opportunity to review our working relationship with the president and we found out that we are in harmony; there is no difference between us and the president, everybody seems to be very happy; we are working together.
“We particularly commended Mr President for getting Nigeria out of recession,’’ he said.