- President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration priorotises payment of salaries
- He called on state governors to follow in the same step
- The president said he shares the pain of civil servants being a salary earner too
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on state governors to prioritise the payment of salaries as his administration released N54 billion to clear backlog of pensions.
The president made this statement via his official page on Friday, April 7 saying his administration would do everything to make sure civil servants get their due.
He recalled that his administration approved the release of Bailout Funds, rescheduling of State Government debt, the establishment of a Fiscal Sustainability Program for States, and the payment of Paris Club refunds.
Read the statement below:
I've always been concerned about the delays in payments of salaries and pensions to our civil servants. As I've said before, all my adult life I've always earned a salary, and so I share the pains and frustration of everyone who has had to endure a delay in the payment of their salaries and pensions.
This is why this administration has consistently done everything within our power to support the State Governments, many of which have been struggling with their finances. Since we took office I have approved the release of Bailout Funds, rescheduling of State Government debt, the establishment of a Fiscal Sustainability Program for States, and the payment of Paris Club refunds.
All of these and more are part of our total commitment to making life easier for our civil servants across the country, and the multitudes of people who depend on them.
As part of this commitment, and as the Ministry of Finance announced earlier this week, we have just released the sum of 54 billion Naira to clear the backlog of Federal pensions, dating back to 2014. Going forward we will also ensure that we leave no room for the accumulation of fresh arrears.
I will also continue to appeal to our State Governors to prioritize the payment of salaries and pensions. You have my assurance that the Federal Government will continue to support you every way we can, to stabilize your finances.
God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.