Federal Government says President Jonathan's meeting with State Governors on Monday night was to resolve a stalemate that has arisen over disagreements on unpaid arrears from the federation account accruing to the states.
To this end a joint committee between the Federal and State Governments was set up comprising of Governors Peter Obi of Anambra, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi, Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta and Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe States , the Coordinating Minister of the Economy,Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as well as the Minister of for Finance, Yerima Ngama.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati who spoke after the meeting revealed that the joint committee had been given a mandate to meet, address and resolve the pending issues at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning
This he said would facilitate the disbursement of the funds which have been a source of concern to the parties involved.
Dr Abati further explained that Monday night's meeting was well attended by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, state governors and other top government officials
The meeting he said was conveyed at the level of the State Governors and the President to ensure that the issues raised were not just resolved amicably but to further reassure that no one was affected negatively over resolutions from the outcome of Tuesday's joint committee meeting.
The President's Spokesman surprisingly made no mention of the festering dispute over the leadership of the Nigeria Governors Forum as if the matter did not come up for discussion during the meeting.