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Indeed, Nigeria Is Broke, Amaechi Insists

Posted: May 18, 2015 at 2:54 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

THE Rivers State governor,  Rotimi Amaechi, has reiterated that Nigeria is broke, blaming the inability of the state and others to pay workers’ salaries and pensions on the nation’s current poor financial condition.

Amaechi, who spoke during a thanksgiving service organised by the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dakuku Peterside, and his campaign outfit, the Greater Campaign Organisation, in Port Harcourt on Sunday May 17, 2015, said the nation’s economic condition could be noticed through the dwindling statutory monthly allocation usually received by the state from the Federal Government.

The governor recalled that he was described as an alarmist last year when he cried out over Nigeria’s poor financial state.

Amaechi pointed out that the nation’s economy had continued to fall since he made the statement in December 2014.

“When I said sometime last year that Nigeria’s finances was in a dire strait, some people referred to me as an alarmist.

“Since I made that statement in December last year, the statutory allocation to the state has continued to decline.

“Now, almost all the states are finding it difficult to pay salaries.

“The state government owes civil servants their April salaries and pensioners’ four months’ salary arrears because the state does not have the money to pay them,” the governor said.