The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) has kicked against federal government decision to deduct from the statutory allocation to the local government for the construction of 774 healthcare centres across the country.
At an emergency meeting held on Thursday, the governors “rejected the legality and the legitimacy of the contract, including all financing arrangements”.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto and vice-chairman of the forum, the governors asked the federal government to also halt the disbursement of already deducted funds.
“Governors expressed serious concern over deductions from the Federation Allocation of the 774 local governments of the country to construct and equip healthcare centres in each local government area on behalf of the Association of Local Government Areas of Nigeria (ALGON),” the statement read.
The governors resolved to “constitute a Committee comprising the Governors of Ekiti (Chairman), Ebonyi, Delta, Gombe, Plateau, and Kano States to represent state and local governments on the matter.
“The Committee will also approach Mr. President, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, the National Judicial Council and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to appeal against the judgement.”,
The forum further cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) against embarking on industrial actions over the hike in fuel price and electricity tarrif.”