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Buhari to Governors – “How can anyone go to bed when workers have not been paid salaries?”



How do you sleep, knowing workers have not been paid salaries - President Buhari to Governors - BellaNaijaPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed concern on the growing complaints and agitations by workers in states over unpaid salaries and allowances, in spite of interventions by the Federal Government.

The President made his feelings known when he received a group of governors led by the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Abdul’Aziz Yari, at the State House, Abuja.

The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243.795 billion.

A breakdown of the payment, showed that Abia got N5.72 billion; Adamawa, N6.11 billion; Akwa Ibom, N10 billion; Anambra, N6.12 billion; Bauchi, N6.88 billion; Bayelsa, N10 billion; Benue, N6.85 billion; and Borno N7.34 billion.

Cross River got N6.08 billion, Delta, N10 billion; Ebonyi, N4.51 billion; Edo, N6.09 billion; Ekiti, N4.77 billion; Enugu, N5.36 billion; Gombe, N4.47 billion; Imo, N7 billion; Jigawa, N7.11 billion; and Kaduna, N7.72 billion.

Kano got N10 billion, Katsina, N8.2 billion; Kebbi, N5.98 billion; Kogi, N6.03 billion; Kwara, N5.12 billion; Lagos, N8.37 billion; Nasarawa, N4.55 billion; Niger, N7.2 billion; and Ogun, N5.7 billion.

The others were Ondo, N7 billion; Osun, N6.3 billion; Oyo, N7.9 billion; Plateau, N5.64 billion; Rivers, N10 billion; Sokoto, N6.44 billion; Taraba, N5.61 billion; Yobe, N5.41 billion; Zamfara, N5.44 billion; and the Federal Capital Territory, N684 million.

The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995 and 2002.

However, President Buhari said the plight of workers in the states needed urgent attention as many could barely survive.

“How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid their salaries for months. I actually wonder how the workers feed their families, pay their rents and even pay school fees for their children,” he said.

The President told the governors that two out of the three-pronged focus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure the country and fight corruption had received some commendable reviews by the people.

He further noted that the challenge in payment of salaries in states had taken a toll on the people.

President Buhari said the Federal Government and state executives would need to work closely together to ameliorate the situation of workers across the country.

He added, “God has been merciful in hearing the prayers of his servants so the rainy season has been good, you can ask the Kebbi State Governor on this, and our enormous food importation bill has gone down.’’

The President said he had instructed all government agencies to comply with the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in order to ensure more transparency and prudence in accounting for the revenues of the government and the sharing of entitlements with states.

How do you sleep, knowing workers have not been paid salaries - President Buhari to Governors - BellaNaija

In his remark, the Chairman of the Governors’ Forum said the various interventions by the Federal Government, which included the bailouts, were judiciously utilized by the states.

He stressed that the governors inherited backlog of unpaid salaries and huge debts portfolios on assumption of office.

“We are concerned with the situation in our states, and we are trying our best to manage the resources,’’ he said.

Yari noted that the bailout funds, and part of the fallout from the London-Paris Club that had been received by the states, were properly expended to alleviate the plight of workers, but more had to be done.

The NGF chairman also commended the efforts of the President in improving the economy.

He assured that the states would continue working with the Federal Government to improve the livelihood of workers and all Nigerians.

Governors of Ondo, Bauchi, Jigawa, Kwara, Akwa Ibom and the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State among those who visited the President.

See photos from the meeting below:

How do you sleep, knowing workers have not been paid salaries - President Buhari to Governors - BellaNaija

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  1. keke driver

    October 18, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Oniranu oshi

  2. Las

    October 18, 2017 at 11:38 am

    How do they sleep at night? – Horlicks

    • Bleed Blue

      October 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      Honestly! Horlicks or their good life which desensitizes them from the suffering of others.

      How can they just casually say the funds:
      “were properly expended to alleviate the plight of workers, but more had to be done”
      What kind of sweeping generalization is that? We want specifics. Facts and numbers.

      They should be asked to account for every penny and then Federal Govt auditors with integrity go off to the states to find out the true situation and publish.


  3. Tee

    October 18, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    If this was a wedding post now – 100 comments- we’re so used to corruption that we don’t even bat an eyelid but when one of these governors on that table’a children we’d that’s when you will know where’s all the money went. We keep saying buhari buhari but he is just one man a figurehead for the Govt at best there has to be accountability at local level too- I tire

    • momo

      October 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      i agree with you @ Tee..if it is Toke or Toolz matter ..comments will pour in..shallow , callous nigerians

    • tunmi

      October 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Thank you! this!

  4. Tee

    October 18, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    *autocorrect I meant when one of those governors sitting at that table children weds that’s when we will know where the money went.

  5. nene+

    October 18, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I have a different opinion. Are the civil servant the only ones who need government attention?
    We all pay tax and out taxes are used to fund the nepotist appointed civil servants?

    Take away the teachers, essential service providers why should the rest be paid ahead of the rest of Nigeria?
    Civil servants who do nothing in NNPC, NPA, NMA,CBN Nigeria Senate ADC, Special assistant to special assistant, FAAN, Girl friends to governors, brother in-law to governors enrolled as civil servants………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..etc should give me a break!

    • momo

      October 18, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      hmm..this time i agree with you @ nene

  6. nene+

    October 18, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    The artisan too is a Nigerian. That is the reason for so much redundancy in the civil service cos they get a prioritized free monies

  7. Mrs chidukane

    October 18, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Its not wickedness, its just [email protected] Tee. People are weary. Abia governor hasn’t paid salaries since February. A widowed in law was almost evicted from her house because of this. My aunty, though retired, has had to take up employment in a private hospital because of unpaid entitlements. The Ebonyi state governor slashed salaries by as much as 60%. An in-law,who is a principal , with 20 working years under her belt earns N50,000 per month. Nigeria is such a sad place.

    • Dr.N

      October 18, 2017 at 5:30 pm

      You are right
      May God help us to keep hope alive
      Talking to yourself is no fun. We need to see a shift in the attitude of our leaders. This dismissive ….nvm

  8. 3ples

    October 18, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    @nene*… i think his concern is not exactly misplaced…. there is sth called a ripple effect and the civil service employs a large number of Nigerians. If they get paid, the artisan you are concerned about will get sth from them in exchange for their services… it’s all encompassing.

    That said… I still don’t understand why states have to always go to the FG for funds? Are they not supposed to be generating revenue to pay salaries? Then use bail outs for infrastructure… I don’t understand

  9. nene+

    October 18, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Civil servant spend wetin? Na civil servant wey dey London Hospital where the president spent 104 days?
    @3ples i get you but i cant be deceived by that civil servant only will resuscitate Nigeria. Infrastructure should and its wrong for government to be the bigger employer way ahead of SMEs.

  10. DZY

    October 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Nene* we are concerned with ordinary civil servants not DGs, permanent Sectaries or appointed officials. People are suffering and dying in Nigeria. Putting more money in their pockets to spend can really help the economy. I think state govs are heartless, lazy and lack vision.

  11. Mamamia

    October 18, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    See this one. We still wouldn’t vote for u next year. Millions of youths are still without jobs, we are out of recession on paper yet no circulation of money within the economy. We will no longer be driven by fancy political parties and their campaigns. For now, One term is enough to prove yourself worthy, You don’t perform we cut you out and get someone else be it from a minority party or major party. Just be sure to do the darn work you were employed/voted for. Ta!

  12. jade

    October 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    The state and local government level definitely has a huge role to play. The federal gov can only do so much.

  13. josdaily

    October 18, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    No conscience. they sleep easy and thrive on the amount of pain the are able to cause. God is waiting for all of them

  14. Akasi

    October 18, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    They sleep the same way that he Buhari sleeps. This man is an incompetent hypocrite.

  15. NG

    October 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    They sleep easy as Buhari does, letting herdsmen murder whole families and terrorize Nigerians with impunity. The same way Buhari sleeps after instructing resources to be diverted to his people up north while south south that produced the nation’s wealth is left damaged and impoverished. The same way debts are amassed for the whole Nigeria and dedicated to the 97% who voted Buhari, eventhough the 3% sustains the nation’s economy

  16. Concerned individual

    October 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I’d like to ask the HIM how he goes to bed at night knowing the role his wife plays in Nigerian politics/ governance.
    We should learn to remove log in our eyes before removing the speck in another’s.
    This woman hennnn! Chai!

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