17 States owe pensions, salaries despite N1.8trn bailout


Despite a cumulative N1.8 trillion bailout, no fewer than 17 states across the country are owning pensions and salaries.

This was disclosed in a report by BudgIT, a civic organisation that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change.

BuggIT expressed worry 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 aimed at ascertaining the frequency and magnitude of challenges civil servants and pensioners are encountering.

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 are receiving pensions as at when due.

“From the survey carried out, we discovered that 12 states are yet to offset the amount owed secondary school teachers fully and many states are threatening workers to keep the information away from public domain”, a statement by the organisation stated.

Notable among states with outstanding liabilities to secondary teachers is Osun and Kogi state. Osun State has been paying secondary school teachers above level 8 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 to states include Abia, Benue, Bayelsa, Kwara, Imo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ondo and Zamfara. Kogi State, for instance, is owing teachers about 13 months salaries according to the response given by secondary school teachers during the survey.



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