Despite, series of bailouts aimed at offseting workers’ emoluments, 17 states are still owing both salaries and pensions arears, it has been revealed.
According to Budget, 12 states are yet to even offset teachers, not to talk of civil servants, while others are threatening workers to keep the the information secret.
A recent survey carried out by the organisation aimed at ascertaining the frequency and magnitude of challenges civil servants and pensioners are encountering revealed this.
The survey focused on three different categories of workers, 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 promptly.
From the survey carried out, BudgIT 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.
Notable among states with outstanding liabilities to secondary teachers are Osun and Kogi states.
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 is owing secondary school teachers above level 8 about 15 months salaries.
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.
Midwives, whose responsibility includes attending to issues around pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, women’s sexual and reproductive health and newborn care – are also bogged down by issues including failure of some states to pay salaries and emolument when due.
Midwives were questioned during the survey across the 36 states. BudgIT discovered that 10 states are owing 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 they put into service.
“BudgIT hereby ask states to offset outstanding liabilities to its workers and pensioners as funds in form of bailout estimated to be in the region of N1.8 trillion have been issues to states to offset all outstanding liabilities owe workers.