Buhari urges governors to pay workers’ salaries from Paris debt refunds

Buhari and Governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has requested state governors to settle outstanding salaries and entitlements of their workers with at least 25 per cent of refunds to them from excess deductions for external debt service.

Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday.

President Buhari recently approved N552.74 billion to be paid in batches to all the states that are owed.

Thirty three of the affected states are, however, expected to receive 25 per cent of their approved sums in the first instance before this week runs out.

The refunds arose following the claims by them that they had been overcharged in deductions for external debt service between 1995 and 2002.

The statement quoted President Buhari as saying that “the issue of workers benefits, particularly salary and pensions must not be allowed to continue as a national problem and should be tackled with all the urgency that can be summoned.’’

The statement recalled that when the president assumed office last year, he declared an emergency over unpaid salaries, following the discovery that 27 out of the country’s 36 states had fallen behind in the payments to their workers, in some cases for up to a year.

“Following this, a bailout loan was issued to the states twice with a first batch of about N300 billion given to them in 2015 in the form of soft loans.

“The administration also got the Debt Management Office, DMO to restructure their commercial loans of over N660 billion and extended the life span of the loans.

“Because this did not succeed in pulling many of the states out of distress, the Federal Government this year gave out a further N90 billion to 22 states as yet another bailout loans under very stringent conditions.

“President Buhari has expressed the opinion all the time that the payment of salaries and pensions must be given priority to save both serving and retired workers and their families from distress,’’ the statement maintained.(NAN)


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  • B. Messi

    Nawa o. The picture says it all.
    My Yoruba brothers will never learn ni??
    Rufai appears to be the defacto VP..while Osinbajo has been elbowed to an observer status.
    For crying out loud, ‘the man who nominated him as VP’ has been decimated into oblivion.

    * Premium Times, please can you give us an update on the security summit in Enugu? All sorts of wicked rumours are making the rounds that General Buhari chickened out..like in the ogoni visit. Please PT, put those wailers to shame!
    Kwaroption is fighting back! DONT GIVE IN BABA!

    • Samadani

      Mischief maker cum cheap black mailer. We’ll done! Jare…………….

  • thusspokez

    Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, stated this in a statement he issued in Abuja on Thursday.

    Important policy statement such as this one, should be read out by ministers or even the president rather than some junior staff in the president’s office

    Also, spokespersons usually specialise in a few key areas — where they have knowledge or experience or both through education or previous work experience.

    Spokespersons are no just news readers but often required to answer difficult questions arising from their briefings. Garba Shehu wants to deliver every news and statement and often behind computer screen — which makes it difficult for journalists to ask him follow up questions. He speaks on every issue and often without proper homework — only to be corrected and even contradicted by his boss, days later.

  • Rommel

    Isn’t it ironical that the administration with the least income is the one that is making refunds of over deductions by FG to state governments

  • Mallam Musa Ahmed

    God bless PMB, a leadership with love of masses in heart. I wish baba long life and long lasting health to governed beyong 2019. Nigerian masses are fully aware of the challenges of your corruption fight, continue with the goodwork, we are praying for you. Long live Federal Republic of Nigeria, Long Live PMB.

  • Olatubosun

    This is the change time……. Buhari kudos to you sir

  • Olatubosun

    God bless Nigeria and God bless buhari and his cabinets

  • Olatubosun

    This administration is really working