BudgIT: 17 States Still Owe Pensions and Salaries Despite N1.8 Trillion Bailout

 

By John Okoh

 

BudgIT, a civil society organisation has expressed worry that some states are yet to fully offset the outstanding amount owed pensioners and civil servants despite receiving N1.8 trillion bailout from the Federal Government for the purpose of offsetting the liabilities.

According to the organisation in a recently conducted a survey which revealed that 12 states are yet to offset the amount owed secondary school teachers fully, “ many states are threatening workers to keep the information away from public domain.”

The  work titled ‘2018 sub-national salary survey’, which focused on three different categories of workers in all 36 states namely, primary and secondary school teachers, state midwives and state civil servants, and pensioners, discovered notable among states with outstanding liabilities to secondary teachers is Osun and Kogi state.

In a statement signed by Ayomide Faleye, Communications Lead, BudgIT found that “ Osun State has been paying secondary school teachers above level 8 only a fraction of their salaries and entitlement for the last 30 months. Cumulatively, Osun state is owing secondary school teachers above level 8 about 15 months salary. Other states with outstanding liabilities to states include Abia, Benue, Bayelsa, Kwara, Imo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo and Zamfara. Kogi State, for instance, is owing teachers about 13 months salaries according to the response given by secondary school teachers during the survey.

“Midwives, whose responsibility includes attending to issues around pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, women’s sexual and reproductive health and newborn care – are also bugged down by issues including failure of some state to pay salaries and emolument as at when due. Midwives were questioned during the survey across the 36 states. BudgIT discovered that 10 states are owing midwives salaries as at close of business on September 24, 2018.

“Delta, Imo, Abia, Osun, Plateau, Bayelsa, Ekiti and 11 other states owe pensioners entitlement ranging from 1 month to 36 months. Almost all pensioners expressed how unhappy they are, their dissatisfaction with the government and how hard it has been for them to survive despite years of hard work up into service

It urging the affected state governments to show accountability and transparency in the disbursement of the fund, amounting N1.8 trillion to offset outstanding liabilities to their workers and pensioners.