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Stop blackmailing us over unpaid salaries, FG tells state governments

The Federal Government has advised state governments to desist from blackmailing it over unpaid salaries and allowances of their workers and pensioners ..

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters ( Senate) , Sen. Ita Enang , gave the advice when he featured at the News Agency of Nigeria’ s Forum in Abuja.

He said it was disheartening that some state governments still owed workers their salaries in spite of the bailout and part of Paris Club Refund given to them by the Federal Government .

Enang said that the governments always misinformed their citizens, especially workers , about the availability of funds to pay salaries and the arrears as well as pensions.

He stated that the bailouts were given to the states out of concern of the Federal Government for the workers , given the level of outstanding salaries and pensions to them.

The SSA lamented that in spite of the efforts of the Federal Government in that regard , it was being blamed for the predicament of workers in the states over the accrued salaries.

“ The President is always very positively emotional when it gets to the welfare of workers and other citizens of the country .

“ He has been doing whatever he can to ensure that those who are working get paid by providing the bailout because when the workers get paid , they will generate something that will also affect the unemployed .

“ But , the way some governors have used it has made it very dampening, ’’ he said .
The presidential aide urged people in the states to always ask their governors questions about funds.

He also called on Houses of Assembly in the states to rise to the occasion by holding the governors accountable .

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