President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, expressed dismay over the rising incidents of non-payment of workers salaries by state governors. He queried how the governors are able to sleep soundly when workers have not been paid.
Buhari, in a statement through his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, while receiving a delegation of state governors at the Presidential Villa, said he could not understand why many states are still owing salaries despite the numerous interventions by the federal government.
“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,” the president said.
Buhari noted that the policies of his administration are beginning to yield results and urged the governors to do more to better the lot of their workers.
“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,’’ Buhari said.
Why we owe salaries?: According to the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors Forum, Governor Abdul’Aziz Abubakar Yari of Zamfara State, many states are owing salaries due to the backlog of debts and unpaid salaries they inherited from there predecessors. This, he said, has made it impossible for many of them to meet up with their responsibilities despite the bailout funds from the Federal government.
“We are concerned with the situation in our states, and we are trying our best to manage the resources,’’ he said.
The NGF delegation included the governors of Ondo, Kebbi Bauchi, Jigawa, Kwara and Akwa Ibom as well as the deputy governor of Ebonyi State.