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State Governors disclosed their ongoing partnership with the Federal Government to implement post-fuel subsidy palliatives for the Nigerian population, stating that they were at the finalisation phase of the proposed measures.
Senator Hope Uzodinma, Imo State Governor and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors Forum made this revelation following a meeting of the APC Governors in Abuja.
The APC’s governors convened a meeting to assess the party’s situation in the wake of Senator Abdullahi Adamu’s resignation as the National Chairman on Sunday night.
In light of Senator Abdullahi Adamu’s resignation as the National Chairman of the APC on Sunday night, the party’s governors conducted a meeting to discuss the present state of affairs within the APC.
Both Senator Abdullahi Adamu’s and Senator Iyiola Omisore’s resignations from the roles of National Chairman and National Secretary, respectively, were acknowledged by the governors as voluntary choices.
In his statement following the meeting, Uzodinma recognized that the discontinuation of fuel subsidy would result in a boost in the funds distributed to states from the Federation Account.
‘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 said.
On recent developments in the APC, Uzodinma noted, ‘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 our 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 in 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.’
Those present at the meeting which was held at the Imo State Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro Abuja include: The host governor and Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum PGF, Senator Hope Uzodinma of Imo state; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state; Umar Bago (Niger); Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi); Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq (Kwara); Acting Ondo state Governor, Lucky Ayedatiwa; Fr. Hyacinth Alia (Benue), Uba Sani (Kaduna); Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Mai Mala Buni (Yobe); Dikko Radda (Katsina); and, Bassey Otu (Cross River).