SAD! Govt Workers May Not Get Salary Before Christmas
Nigerian workers may have to wait till after Christmas to get their salaries except something drastic is done.
It appears that the renewed hope that the approval given by President Buhari for the release of more Paris Club refund has been quenched.
There is a lawsuit dangling on the neck of that approval and the release of the funds.
A consultant has dragged the 36 state governors and the Federal Government to court.
The consultant wants its share of the national cake.
According to a report of the News Agency of Nigeria, a highly placed source at the Presidency on Friday night said the consultant is suing the state governors for reneging on the payment of the five per cent consultancy fees due to him for services rendered in relation to securing the fund.
The source said state governors may not be able to pay their workers from the Paris Club refund before Christmas as they had originally planned.
"The payment of the Paris Club refunds is at the final stages. It will be paid to enable the workers enjoy the Christmas and New Year festive seasons,” the source at the presidency said.
President Buhari last month urged all state governors to utilise the balance of 50% Paris Club refund to settle unpaid salaries owed workers before Christmas.
To remove any hitches, he directed the Central Bank of Nigeria, Ministry of Finance, and the Budget Office of the Federation to work out how the outstanding fund would be paid before 2017 ends.
The payment began in December 2016 with the release of about 522.74 billion Naira to all 36 states in the first tranche of the Paris Club refund.
The Federal Government later in July 2017, released 243.8 billion Naira as second tranche.
The funds were released following protests by states against over deductions for external debt service between 1995 and 2002.
Despite these releases, some states are still owning workers salaries running into months - can our brother in Osun say 'yeh yeh'