President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to state governors to address the plight of workers in their state by paying salaries. The President made the appeal when he met with traditional rulers inside the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital Abuja on Monday.
Mr. President expressed worry that workers and pensioners in many states in the country are still being owed months of salaries even when it is expected that the release the Paris Club refunds to states would have eased the situation.
“There are Nigerians that haven’t be paid for six months. There are Nigerians that haven’t been paid their retirement benefits for years. I appeal to the governors; that is why we voted money, we borrowed money.
“Please, make sure (you pay) anybody under you. If he is working, he depends on the salary to pay rent, to hold his family, for education, health care.”
It would be recalled that President Buhari had in March asked the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emeele, to release the second tranche of the London-Paris Club refunds to states to ease their financial difficulties.
Mr. President strictly told the governors that their priority when they receive the second tranche of the fund should be to pay salaries, pensions, and gratuities.
“I will not rest until I address those issues that affect our people. One of these basic things is the issue of salaries. It is most important that workers are able to feed their families, pay rent and school fees, then other things can follow,” Buhari had said while addressing the National Economic Council (NEC), comprising the governors, finance minister and other appointees of the federal government in March.