Governors to pay workers’ salaries with Paris Club refunds


Governors of the 36 states in the country have resolved to pay outstanding salaries and pensions of workers in their states with the next tranche of the Paris-London Club loan refunds.

The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

The statement issued by Head of Media and Public Affairs at the NGF Secretariat, Abulrazque Barkindo, said the governors took the decision at the end of their meeting held in Abuja on Thursday night.

The governors, according to the statement, met in anticipation of the release of the money, which had been approved for payment by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

Out of the N522.74 billion owed the states, N388.304 was paid to them in December last year.

Yari said the governors were not oblivious of the workers’ plights over the non-payment of their salaries and pensions.

He said the governors deliberated on the matter and concluded that something immediate must be done to ameliorate the workers’ plight by paying their outstanding salaries and emoluments.

“We all agreed that a substantial amount from the next tranche of the Paris-London refunds be used in the settlement of workers’ salary and pension arrears,” Yari said.


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