President Muhammadu Buhari has directed state governments to ensure payment of outstanding workers’ salaries in their various states, to enable workers to live in comfort and happily celebrate the forthcoming Christmas.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State confirmed this development to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the President in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
He said President Buhari specifically directed the governors to ensure that they kept workers and pensioners happy by paying their outstanding salaries and allowances from the balance of the outstanding Paris Club refund which would soon be paid to them.
Okorocha stated that the president’s approval would enable the states to include part of the refund in their 2018 budget proposals and also meet up with the obligations of paying the salaries of their workers.
Gov. Nasir El-Rufa’i, who also spoke on the outcome of the meeting, said the president had ordered that the balance of the first 50 per cent be paid to the state governments to meet their obligations before Christmas.