State Workers Going Through Hard Times, Says Buhari

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But speaking to state house correspondents on late Wednesday, Abdulaziz Yari, governor of Zamfara state and NGF chairman, denied such comments as coming from Buhari.

He said after the meeting with Kahraman, President Buhari visited a part of Turkey's Parliament building damaged by a bomb during last year's coup attempt, and laid a wreath at the site of one of the damaged areas.

Paris Club Refunds had been released by Buhari-led administration for three times now for payment of State workers salaries with governors canvassing for more.

"How can anyone go to bed and sleep soundly when workers have not been paid their salaries for months", he quoted Buhari to have said.

Meanwhile, some states likeEkiti, Kogi, among others have experienced strike actions and protests from workers, for non-payment of salaries despite federal government's intervention.

He stressed that the governors inherited backlog of unpaid salaries and huge debt portfolios on assumption of office. But look at Bayelsa, despite its 13 per cent derivation and bailouts funds released, it is still owing workers.

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He said: "it is sad that while we are yet clamouring for an upward review of the minimum wage, some governors are still not paying the N18,000 minimum wage which is nothing to write home about given our current state of the economy".

Organised labour in the country yesterday implored President Muhammadu Buhari not to release further bailout funds to governors of the 36 states of the federation until they are made to account for the funds already released to them.

"Our mission here is simple".

"As a father that he is, we drew his memory to 2016, when we presented to him the numbers of London and Paris exit funds which we agreed, and he directed that states be paid 50 percent and 50 percent open for reconciliation".

"We also told him that we think that it was because of his decision to grant us bailouts and pay the refund of the Paris Club loan that many Nigerians are criticising him; this is the reason why we got out of recession".

Mr. Yari said they told Mr. Buhari that "reconciliation is on since 2016, we are hoping that both the DMO, (Debt Management Office) Ministry of Finance, AGF and our consultants are concluding this reconciliation by November".

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