12 states owe 30 months pensions, salaries despite receiving N1.8trn bailout – BudgIT

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BudgIT, a civic organisation that applies technology to facilitate societal change, disclosed that 12 states were yet to offset the salaries and pensions owed secondary school teachers and health workers in these states.

In a statement on Sunday, the organisation expressed concern over the non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensions despite funds in form of bailout estimated N1.8 trillion bailouts issued to these states by the federal government.

According to the BudgIT, many of these states were threatening workers to keep the information away from public domain.

The organisation said: “We are worried that some states are yet to fully offset the outstanding amount owed pensioners and civil servants despite series of bailouts aimed at offsetting the liabilities, recently conducted a survey.”

The survey, it said, was aimed at ascertaining the frequency and magnitude of challenges civil servants and pensioners were encountering.

According to the statement, the survey focused on three different categories of workers in all 36 states namely: primary and secondary school teachers, state midwives and state secretariat workers.

“Also, attention was paid to ascertain if retirees at the state level were receiving pensions as at when due. Notable among states with outstanding liabilities to secondary teachers is Osun and Kogi,” it noted.

BudgIT said Osun State has been paying secondary school teachers above level eight only a fraction of their salaries and entitlement for the last 30 months.

“Cumulatively, Osun State owes secondary school teachers above level 8 about 15 months’ salary.

“Other states with outstanding liabilities include Abia, Benue, Bayelsa, Kwara, Imo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo and Zamfara. Kogi State, for instance, owes 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 states to pay salaries and emolument as at when due.

“Midwives were questioned during the survey across the 36 states. BudgIT discovered that 10 states owed 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 one month to 36 months.

“Almost all pensioners expressed how unhappy they were, their dissatisfaction with the government and how hard it has been for them to survive despite years of hard work up into service.”

The organisation, therefore, called on these states to offset outstanding liabilities to its workers and pensioners.