Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has appealed to the governor’s in his country to pay salaries and pensions owed in their states, saying those being owed required the money to pay bills such as house rent and school fees.
At a meeting with members of Nigeria’s national council of traditional rulers on Monday, Mr Buhari said some states were owing workers six months’ salary, while pensioners owed years of retirement benefits.
According to President Buhari, “We have to digress this much because I would like to convince you that I’m living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people.
“I’m appealing to the governors, (that was why we voted money, we borrowed money), please make sure anybody under you, pay them because most of them depend on that salary to pay rent, school fees.”
The president decried the way the Paris Club refund was spent by some state governors, and frowned at their inability to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers using the refund as promised.
The FG had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of the fund to states totaling N243.795 bln. The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club loans and multilateral debts between 1995 and 2002.