Unpaid Salary: Local Government worker commits suicide in Bayelsa

A 42-year-old father of seven and local government worker, Gbemede Kitchen, was on Thursday morning found hanging in his apartment in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.

Mr. Kitchen, who until his death was a staff of Ekeremor Local Government Area, was speculated to have taken his own life out of frustration resulting from his unpaid salaries.

Local governments in Bayelsa reportedly owe their workers between six and 12 months’ arrears of salaries.

The body of Mr. Kitchen was reportedly discovered by his children hanging by a rope formed from a bed shit tied to the roof in the apartment he shared with his family at Imgbi Road, Amarata, Yenagoa.

Benjamin Samuel, caretaker of the house where the deceased was a tenant, described the development as shocking. He said the victim did not show any indication of anxiety before the incident.

“We charged mobile phones together in the night of the Wednesday; Mr. Kitchen’s children were around last night, but the wife was not around.

“Though, I saw him making calls before and after charging his phone in search of his wife before the night fall, the wife was nowhere to be found.

“I am their caretaker, it was a big surprise and shock to me; I never believed that my own neighbour could be a victim of suicide.

“I was sleeping before his children and other neighbours started shouting this morning; they woke me up and I rushed to his apartment.

“He died in a room that the children are not sleeping in; I was the one that untied and brought him down; I tried to see if he could breathe again, I pressed and poured him water but all to no avail,” the caretaker said.

Also speaking, a woman who only identified herself as elder sister to the deceased, said Mr. Kitchen had never disclosed any of his problems to family member.

She said the victim was a former councillor in their local government, stating that she was surprised to see her brother kill himself.

“He was a civil servant in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa, though the salary was not forthcoming. I guess he died out of frustration and hunger,” she said.


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Paris refund: Abia begins payment of salary arrears

The Abia state government on Thursday said it has begun disbursing the state’s share of N5.3 billion from the Paris Club refund for payment of arrears of workers’ salaries.

The State Commissioner for Finance, Obinna Oriaku, disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Umuahia.

According to him, the decision followed the resolution of the committee set up by the Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for the exercise.

The commissioner said the committee would source extra N700 million to augment the N5.3billion to offset the arrears.

Mr. Oriaku said the funds had been moved to designated banks for the payment while the workers, including council staff, pensioners and teachers, are expected to start receiving their pay by next week.

The commissioner said some workers including primary and secondary school teachers will receive two months salaries while some MDAs will also get their leave allowances.

While commending the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state for shelving its planned industrial action, he said the state government was in talks with the teachers’ union to suspend its proposed strike.

Why some Nigerian civil servants have not received November salary – Finance Minister

The Nigerian government said staff of some federal agencies are yet to receive their salaries for November because the agencies have exhausted their budgetary allocations.


The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, made the disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja.


Some agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, have not paid their staff November salary.


“All the agencies affected have exhausted their budgetary allocations and the system has shut them down,” she said while speaking with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Ms. Adeosun, however, said the shortfall was included in the virement recently approved by the National Assembly.


She said her Ministry “only received the advice on the virement on Monday” and that it was being loaded to the system after which the agencies will get back online on the payment portal.


Giving further reasons on why the agencies ran out of funds, Ms. Adeosun said some of the agencies employed additional staff without updating the Finance Ministry on time.


“Agencies should tell us in time so that necessary measures will be taken,” she said.

I’ve not received salary since I became governor – Aregbebsola

The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, says he has not earned salary since he assumed office six years ago.

He said this during the launch of Oodua FM in Ile-Ife on Sunday.

“When people complain about our financial state, I begin to wonder if they think I am spending people’s money. Some of you do not know that I have not received any salary since I became governor- of Osun state, why will I take that of others,” said Mr. Aregbesola, who became governor in November 2010.

According to the pay package prepared by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission and which became effective 2009, a state governor earns a monthly salary of N2.2 million.

He is however entitled to several other perks, including constituency allowance of N4.44 million, hardship allowance N1.11 million, leave allowance N222, 370.00, and newspaper allowance N333,555.75.

Osun State has been in deep financial crisis for a long while and has been unable to pay salaries of workers.

Besides, the governor who began his second term in office in November 2014, has not appointed commissioners.

The poor financial condition of the state has also made it impossible to live up to its obligations to the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, which it jointly funds with Oyo State.

Mr. Aregbesola said the economic crisis was not only affecting Osun state but also other states, noting “there is no free money anywhere.”

He explained that he refused to appoint commissioners because of the state’s poor financial condition.

“How will I have commissioners when we have no money?” he asked.

“The minority leader of Osun state House of Assembly wrote a post on Facebook complaining that I have not paid them. We don’t have the money, even the minority leader does not have a car.”

The governor advised the owner of the radio station, Rotimi Malone, to use it to develop of the state rather than for politics.

Mr. Aregbesola criticized the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation for allegedly performing below expectation.

According to him, “Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation has set standards but they just do things anyhow. There was a time that Osun state was almost torn apart through the media but Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation refused to act.”

Yuletide: Governor To Pay Ebonyi Workers13th Month Salary Bonus

The Ebonyi state governor, Chief David Umahi at the weekend promised to pay extra one month salary bonus otherwise called 13th month to workers under the state employ in the spirit of Christmas celebration.

The state governor, Chief Umahi, who made the promise at a one-day official visit to the state owned University permanent site, Ezzamgbo noted that the State House of Assembly had already given approval to that effect. It would be recalled that Gov Umahi had recently announced five percent salary increment to all the workers on October this year.

He explained that junior workers would receive 100 percent bonus whereas senior ones would be payed 50 percent of whatever they receive monthly, boasting that his administration was neither owing workers salaries nor pensions.

He further disclosed his administration’s plan to begin immediate payment of gratuity arrears owed by both local and state governments since 1993 amounting to eight billion naira (N8bn).

The governor who expressed dismay that civil servants found it difficult to pay their retired colleagues their pensions but would

want to be paid when they retired, said the payment would begin payment of gratuities this December with the families of retirees who had already died.

He said,”We are not owing anybody pension in Ebonyi state. Gratuity is owed since 1993 and gratuity for both local and state governments

is over N8bn but the funny thing is that when you seat as a civil servants, you refuse to pay others their gratuities and when you now leave, you start insisting, we should pay gratuity.

“So, for those we have owed gratuity for a very long time;we are expecting a miracle. What we want to do for our brothers and sisters that were not paid gratuities and they are dead, we intend to look at them and see how we can pay off their gratuities through their families and we hope to do it this December.

“We also want to pay everyone that has retired 10 percent of whatever we owe him/her in the name of pension and other allowances”.



Governor Badaru, deputy, 30,000 others omitted in Oct salary roll.

No fewer than 30,000 persons, under the Jigawa State pay roll were omitted from the payment of October salary including Governor Muhammadu Badaru and his deputy, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia.

Others that missed their October salary include civil servants, political office holders and some members of the state executive council.

The affected persons was said to have failed to submit their banks account details to the state government’s salary and pension department before the deadline given for it.

This was disclosed by the state commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Usman Namadi while speaking to newsmen in Dutse. He said, “All who missed their October salary were those who are yet to submits their Bank Verification Number (BVN) to the salary and pension section ot the Ministry of Finance”.

According to him, the results from the banks showed that out of the 54,000 employees in the state, 28,132 have been cleared, adding the state discovered that about 807 staff have no BVN at all while 25,000 staff account numbers did not match with their BVNs.

Salary Bailout: Kwara LGs directed to provide data for augmentation.

Following the Kwara State government’s decision to assist local councils in the State to pay August salaries, the affected councils have been directed to provide their payroll details and other necessary information.


The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Isiaka Gold disclosed this at a meeting attended by LG chairmen, members of the State chapter of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Head of Service, Hajia Zara Umar , Chief of Staff, and other top government officials.


Alhaji Gold said that the councils are also required to provide their staff list, salary requirements for two months and how much they need to augment their August allocation to pay a full month salary.


According to the SSG, the information is also required for verification purposes and to determine how much to recommend to the government as palliative for the affected local governments.


He expressed Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s willingness to help the local governments meet their obligations for the month.


It will be recalled that Governor Ahmed during a meeting with LG chairmen and NULGE officials on Tuesday, announced the State government’s preparedness to assist the local councils to pay their staff salaries on a case by case basis.

“Settle Arrears Of Salary Owed”, NLC Tells Abia State Government

Abia State Council of Nigeria Labour Congress [NLC] has tasked the Abia State Government to settle arrears of salary owed to Abia workers without further delay.


In a communiqué raised at its state executive council meeting, in Umuahia, Abia NLC told Governor Okezie Ikpeazu not to use some projects embarked by his administration “as a hindrance to pay workers’ salaries”, lamenting that Abia workers “are currently passing through hard times due to non-payment of salaries”.


In the communiqué which was sent to Governor Ikpeazu through the Head of Service, Labour also called on the government to “as a matter of urgency address the issue of pension arrears owed to pensioners in the State which spans between 5-12 months as the case may be”.


Abia workers also condemned in “strong terms, the non-release of check-off dues as at when due from MDAs”, even as they called on the government to “clear the arrears of gratuity owed to retirees in Abia State spanning over 15 years”.


To avoid the continuation of the ugly fate of retired workers in the State, the communiqué said that Abia workers have adopted the introduction of the Contributory Pension Fund Scheme which they hoped would address the untold hardship of retirees if well managed.


The communiqué which was signed by the State Chairman, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe and the acting Secretary, Comrade John Onaga also frowned at “high taxation of Abia workers which is based on consolidated salary structure, not minding that not all Abia workers are on consolidated salary.”

Labour Certifies Ambode, ElRufai, Abdulfatah, Others, “Labour-Friendly” Governors.

Organized labour has hailed state governors that “promptly pay” monthly salaries of workers and pensions of retirees as it charges defaulting governors to put an end to what it calls “crisis of workers’ compensation” in their respective states. Comrade Issa Aremu, General Secretary, Textile Workers’ Union and member NEC of NLC in a statement in Kaduna at the weekend commended the renewed energy of NLC leadership to ensure public employees in states are paid as at when due. Comrade Aremu also backed the joint Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) 30-day ultimatum issued to Kogi state Government to pay 7-month outstanding workers’ salaries failing which the state faces total labour protests as he also urged government ministries at Federal and State levels to remit contributory pensions of their workers to Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs).


Comrade Aremu singled out  Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of  Lagos State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, ALHAJI ABDULFATAH  AHMED OF KWARA STATE and Malam Nasir El Rufai of Kaduna State as “labour-friendly” state governors who pay salaries, pensions, promotion increments and yearly increments of their civil servants. According to the labour leader “the greatest assets of states are their employees” saying governors can only demand for discipline and improved productivity from their employees if their workforce are well motivated.


Aremu observed that nothing including declining oil revenue could justify delayed or non-payment of workers’ salaries adding that payments of salaries and pension are legitimate entitlements and mark of corporate responsibility of any employer and urged governors to reorder their resources in such a way that labour is seen as a critical factor of development before anything else. “Who ever employs must pay the working man or woman as at when due” he said. He likened non-payment of salaries to what he called “economicide”, which he describes as “a systemic destruction of lives of workers on account of lack of means of livelihood adding that many workers have died due to non-payment of salaries that were never adequate even when promptly paid”.


Meanwhile Comrade Aremu also urged Governors who regularly pay their core civil servants to ensure their local government employees and teachers are also regularly paid. He said “state workers are not divisible” when it comes to compensation just as when it comes to workers’ service delivery and productivity to the state. He said governors can only be certified “labour friendly” if all workers in their states, private and public sectors, local and state employees are equally dignified with prompt salaries payment.


While hailing President Buhari for bailing out debtor states in meeting the pay obligations to their workers, he said state governors must apply same principle to debtor-local governments adding that 1999 Constitution says that the primary  duty and responsibility as well as the primary purpose of government is the security and welfare of the people which can only be made possible with “suitable and adequate shelter, suitable and adequate food, reasonable national (minimum) living wage, old age care and pensions, and unemployment, sick benefits and welfare of the disabled”.


As the economy is officially acknowledged to be in recession, the labour leader urged Buhari administration to intensify move towards reindustrialization through diversification and what he called “wage-led economic recovery”.  He observed that Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) had raised the alarm about low demand for locally produced goods, leading to high inventories and low capacity utilization. “Nigeria can only diversify its economy if workers as consumers are well paid to patronize locally produced goods and services”. He also observed that Anti-corruption campaign cannot be sustained when workers do not receive adequate salaries on time. “A hungry worker is not only angry but vulnerable to graft. There is a link between economic growth and wage payment” he noted.

Kogi Workers To Resume Strike Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

Organised labour in Kogi said on Monday in Lokoja that it would resume strike to impress it on the state government on the need to pay outstanding five-month salary arrears to workers.


This is contained in a communiqué issued by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) at the end of an emergency meeting.


The communiqué was jointly signed by Mr Onuh Edoka, the state NLC Chairman; Mr Ojo Ranti Matthew, Chairman of TUC and Mr Aaron Akeji, the Chairman of JNC.

The communiqué stated that previous promises by the state government to pay the salary arrears had not been kept.

It also condemned the payment of salary in piecemeal; adding that salaries for the months of October and November, 2015 were paid three months after each of the month was due.

The communiqué also decried the exclusion of workers employed between January and December, 2015 from receiving the November, 2015 salaries.

It urged the state government to pay those affected because they worked for the month.

According to the communiqué, “the state government is claiming that the employment of the concerned workers was irregular, since there was an embargo on employment in the state.’’

In a reaction, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov.Yahaya Bello, said it would be inappropriate for the workers to blame the government for the failure of the past administrations.

Fanwo said Bello’s administration was able to offset two months’ salary arrears within his 57 days in office.

“Labour was on an indefinite strike before the inauguration of the present administration, but the governor intervened to settle the industrial dispute”, he said.

He said the governor would undertake a holistic appraisal of the situation after the ongoing screening exercise with a view to addressing the salary issue once and for all.

Akwa Ibom To Prosecute 9000 Workers For Alleged Salary Scam

No fewer than 9000 employees in the Akwa Ibom civil service were to be prosecuted for alleged fraudulent drawing of salaries from more than one pay point in the state.

Governor Udom Emmanuel who disclosed this to newsmen on Monday in Uyo said the massive fraud was uncovered in the preliminary bio-metric exercise recently conducted by the office of the state Accountant-General.

“It is shocking to know that a section of the employees in the state are drawing salaries from more than a pay point.

“We have given the affected employees and those yet to be uncovered, the option to refund the salaries they have fraudulently taken or be prosecuted,’’ he said.

The governor directed the Permanent Secretaries in Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) in the state to commence finger print verification of all employees.

He said that employees who failed to participate in the verification exercise would have their names deleted from the automated salary paying system and nominal roll.

The governor noted that more than 1,000 employees were yet to comply with the directive.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to making discipline and zero tolerance for corruption its watchwords.

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Kwara Denies Saraki Received Salary After Leaving Office As Governor

The Kwara State Government has risen in defence of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, against claims he received salary for four years after he served as governor of the state.

On Wednesday, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission testified before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, saying Mr. Saraki kept drawing salary from Kwara Government after he left office in 2011 and had been elected senator.

But Kwara, in a statement by the Secretary to State Government, Isiaka Gold, on Wednesday, denied the EFCC claims, saying it has only been paying Mr. Saraki’s pension since he left office.

The state government said the last amount it paid Mr. Saraki as salary was N291,474.00 meant for May, 2011 – his last month in office.

According to the statement, “From June 2011, former Governor Saraki started receiving his pension which was N578,188.00 as other past governors in the country.”

The statement added that “after the review of pensions of former political office holders by the State Pension Board, the former governor’s pension increased to N1,239,493.94 monthly from October 2014 to date.

“Kwara State Government, therefore, dismissed as false and misleading the allegation that former Governor Saraki was receiving salaries after the expiration of his two-term tenure as governor of the state.”

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NUT Demands Immediate Payment Of Teachers

The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has urged state governments owing teachers’ salaries to pay immediately, to ensure industrial peace.


The union made the call in a statement signed by Mr Obong I.J. Obong, the NUT General Secretary, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.


It urged such state governments to be alive to their responsibilities and stop toying with the future of the Nigerian child.


“We call on these state governments to be alive to their responsibilities and not continue to toy with the future of our children for their political expediency. These governments must allow reason and morality to prevail as we demand for urgent and practicable steps to address all issues at stake, to avoid a prolonged strike and dislocation in the school calendar.


“Government at all levels must be reminded that, in this trying period of our national economic and social challenges, education should provide a lead way as an agent of moral, economic and social change.


“Regrettably, several state governments in our country have caused schools to remain closed one month after resumption.’’



It urged Kwara State Government to meet the demands of the teachers before the three-week ultimatum given to them by teachers expires.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that the Kwara State teachers suspended their lengthy strike on Feb. 8, 2016.


They, however, gave the government a three-week ultimatum within which to resolve all their grievances or risk another prolonged strike.


NAN also gathered that Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Benue, Edo, Ekiti, Kwara, Nasarawa, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Taraba states are owing more than two months’ salary.


Bauchi, Delta, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Kebbi, Kogi, Niger, Plateau and Yobe are said to be owing January 2016 salary.


The statement advised government must desist from using teachers’ recruitment as means compensation to party loyalists.


On the recruitment of 500,000 teachers, it urged the Federal Government to recruit only qualified graduates and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) holders.


According to the statement, “employing qualified teachers is the only way government can stop indicting itself when the unqualified people employed cannot deliver.’’




Report Reveals Salary Of ISIS Fighters As French Jihadists Narrate Life In Islamic State

A new report compiling testimonies from French jihadists about their life with the Islamic State has revealed what salary ISIS pays its fighters, what a combatant’s daily life looks like and why some chose to return to Europe.

The document, named Recruitment, Itinerary and Activities of French Fighters was sent to every magistrate investigating terrorism in the country at the beginning of October.

In it, officers of the Direction des Affaires Criminelles et des Grâces (the department of criminal matters and pardons, DACG), have compiled testimonies of French fighters being investigated after their return from the Iraqi-Syrian region, according to Le Monde.

Jihadists described how routes into Syria have widely diversified since the conflict began. In order to “cover their tracks” some French jihad candidates now fly to Istanbul from neighboring countries such as Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Spain.

Others travel by road to Antakya (also known as the former town of Antioch), a city in south-east Turkey, just 12 miles from the Syrian border.

On arrival at the Turco-Syrian border, the future jihadists explained how they were taken care of by either other jihadists – some French – or most commonly by smugglers, who they pay between €100 (£74, $114) and €200 to take them either by foot or in a van into Syria.

According to the testimonies, the border crossings “do not seem to pose any difficulties other than climbing barbed wires.”

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Man Commits Suicide Over Unpaid 13 Months Salary

Tears flowed freely in the home of a middle aged engineer with the Bayelsa State Water Board, Peter Ogiero, who committed suicide by taking a popular insecticide ‘Sniper’ over unpaid 13 months salaries by the state government.

Ogiero took his life on Tuesday after waiting in vain for 13 months without salary and without a kobo to take care of his family and his failing health, as government failed to meet its financial obligations to the board’s employees.

It was gathered that the deceased, a father of four, whose only means of livelihood was his salary, succumbed to frustration after he was diagnosed to be hypertensive. He had a stroke about one year ago when he found it extremely difficult to care for himself, let alone his wife and four children.

A neighbor, who was seen wailing uncontrollably, said that in the midst of the man’s travail, his second wife (who he married after the death of his first wife) abandoned him and left for their village along with three of their children.

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Bayelsa Worker Commits Suicide Over Unpaid 13 Months Salaries

An employee of the Bayelsa State Water Board, Peter Ogiero, has allegedly committed suicide following the non-payment of his salaries for 13 months by the state government.

It was gathered that the middle-aged engineer reportedly took his life on Tuesday after he waited endlessly for the period without any action by the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration to save workers at the board from their financial predicament.

Sources said that the deceased, who is a father of four, and whose only means of livelihood was his monthly take home pay, was allegedly overwhelmed by frustration over the unfortunate development.

Ogiero was said to have first developed hypertension and later stroke about one year ago when he
found it extremely difficult to care for himself let alone his wife and four children.

In the midst of his sorry state, his second wife, it was learnt, had to abandon him for their village alongside three of their children.
The only child, a teenager, that stayed with him in his state of impoverishment and anguish, was his first son, Wilson, who barely depended on charity for survival.

Wilson’s mother was said to have died before Ogiero married his second wife, who allegedly abandoned their home at Okaka area in Yenagoa metropolis because the breadwinner could no longer provide ‘bread’ for the family.

It was further learnt that Ogiero, who felt life and the government were unkind to him, decided to kill himself by taking a sniper, an insecticide.
A visit to the Ogieros’ residence on Thursday, showed that the deceased’s relations, who wore sad looks, could hardly narrate how the deceased lived in penury and committed suicide out of frustration.

However, a niece of the deceased, who gave her name only as Tina, said the deceased had been suffering from stroke for over 12 months.
“The stroke was caused by too much of thinking due to the fact that the state government has been owing him (deceased) salaries for 13 months.

“This state of affairs has caused a lot of issues in the deceased’s home. At a point, when his wife could no longer bear the situation, she had to run away from home with his three children to their village”, she said.

Tina said that Wilson and she, who were living somewhere else before, only came on the directive of their families to take care of Ogiero when it was discovered that his second wife, who was living with him, abandoned him in his trying times.

“That was how Wilson and I came to Yenagoa to take care of him. We least expected that he was going to die just like that,” she explained.
Narrating how Ogiero was living when he was alive while shedding tears, Tina said that the situation was so painful and precarious that the deceased found it very difficult to get money to buy drugs recommended by doctors.

“We hoped upon hope that the situation would ameliorate and that the government would pay him the salary they owed him but all to no avail.
“When salary did not come, we tried to manage with the little money given to us by the deceased’s sister, uncle and sometimes by his colleagues.
“But this did not suffice as it was not coming regularly. So, at a point, we found it really hard to buy him drugs and food sometime”, she added.
She said as they were hoping that things would get better someday, they had no idea that the Ogiero had his own plans – to free himself from the frustration he was enmeshed in.
She said on the fateful Tuesday, while they had gone out to look for what Ogiero would eat before taking his drugs, they returned home to see him lying on the ground, gasping for breadth.
Not long after, Ogiero, who before his travail, took families’ problems as his, gave up the ghost, Tina said amid sobs.
“That was how my uncle died. On a close observation, we discovered that he drank a sniper to take his own life out of frustration and poverty,” she stated.
Ogiero’s colleague at the water board, who identified himself simply as Raymond, also corroborated Tina’s account.
Raymond said, “My friend was strong and healthy before the state government stopped paying us salaries.
“The situation led to his frustration and this in turn led to an increase in his blood pressure which later resulted in stroke that worsened his frustration.

“As of now, we are being owed 13-month salaries. The head of our agency has made several efforts in writing and appeals to the state government to pay our salaries and allowances but to no avail”, he said.

According to him, it was not just only him and the late Ogiero that were owed, it also affected over 150 workers in the corporation.
He said some of them had worked in the board for more than 15 years, wondering why the government was so indifferent to their plight.
He said worse still, many of the workers at the board had worked for close to 15 years as casual workers, without the regularisation of their designations.

He lamented that the government had been treating workers of the board with disdain and scorn, wondering what they had done to deserve being treated as sub-humans.
The situation under which we operate is simply appalling. We are human beings with responsibilities but the government treats us as if we are sub-human beings.

“This is supposed to be a restoration government but we are treated with disdain and scorn. Our salaries are not paid as and when due. As I speak with you, the government is owing us 13 months salaries. Another month has ended, making it 14.

“At our various homes, we are no more worthy to be called fathers because we cannot meet up with our obligations as fathers. We have been turned into vegetables.

“This is not what we bargained for when we took up appointments with the corporation. We are no more able to provide food for our families let alone pay our children’s school fees.

“We are appealing to the government to come to our rescue before more of our colleagues go the way of Ogiero. We are also calling on thegovernment to rally round the family of our deceased colleague so that the children can have some respite”, he said.

Source: DailyIndependent

Why Gov. Lalong Has Not Received Any Salary Since May 29

Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State says he has not received a salary as the governor since he assumed office on May 29.

Speaking with journalists on Sunday, the governor explained that he decided not take any salary because his focus was to first settle the backlog of salaries owed civil servants incurred before he assumed the leadership of the state.

“We want to take care of the salaries of civil servants first before we look at ourselves,” he said. “We are yet to constitute the cabinet because we inherited a very huge debt. As soon as the debts are reduced we will constitute the cabinet.”


Reps To “Live By Example”, Set To Slash Salary

In support of the move to reduce the high cost of governance and to boost the war against corruption, the House of Representatives has declared its readiness to take salary cut and back President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft measures.

Making these disclosures, yesterday, in Lagos, Chairman, Ad-hoc Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Mohammed Sani Zorro, said all members of the House of Representatives irrespective of party affiliations are on the same page with the President on the change agenda and ready to give him the necessary legislative backing to actualize the agenda.

Zorro, who represents Gumel/Gagarawa/Mai Gatari/Sule Tankarkar Federal Constituency of Jigawa State on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said the need to streamline the funding of the House’s activities in line with best practices across the world and Nigeria’s economic fortunes was the reason the Reps set up the Dr Clement Nwankwo Committee.

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Finally! Benue Govt Begins Payment of Salary Arrears

There was jubilation in all nooks and crannies of Benue State yesterday as the state government commenced payment of salary arrears of civil servants.

The former Governor Gabriel Suswam administration had owed salaries of workers for several months. The former administration said it lacked adequate finances to offset the backlog of salaries due to the dwindling federal allocation.

However, Governor Samuel Ortom had on assumption of office about a month ago, told the state workers that his administration would ensure that the salary arrears were cleared. He also sought a loan of N10billion in that regard.

Following the commencement of payment, the state workers had started receiving alerts from various banks, for their monthly salary payment since Tuesday and the exercise continued till yesterday.

Yesterday, the civil servants thronged to various markets in Makurdi and other major towns to purchase some items, just as many went to mechanic sites to repair their vehicles while others converged at varied unwinding spots discussing the development.

It was further learnt that some tertiary institutions in the state that were shut down including the Benue State University Makurdi are warming up to reopen. The striking lecturers have also received the alerts for payment of the owed salaries.

A civil servant who simply gave his name as Gwar, said, “because of the payment of the owed salary, I came with my wife and children to purchase items that we can use at home and they will also take to school.”


Presidency Orders VC, Registrar Of The Fed University Of Otuoke To Refund Overpaid Salaries

The Presidency, through the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, has instructed the Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, to refund overpayment of salaries running into millions of naira.
The Registrar of the university, David Suowari, was also directed to refund the sum of N130, 692.71 per month in excess of his due salary.
The overpayments were said to have been discovered during the commission’s visit to the institution on May 12, 2015 to carry out an inspection of FUO’s remuneration practices vis-a-vis the extant government’s pay policy.
The VC and the registrar were accused of appropriating certain allowances to themselves which were not approved by the government.

These concerns were raised in a letter from the NSIWC to Aluko, signed for the Chairman of the Commission by the Director of Compensation, Chike Ogbechie.
The commission said,

“The findings of the inspection in respect of your institution (Federal University, Otuoke) were as follow:

“The Vice-Chancellor was being paid total emoluments of N1,970,476.76 monthly, whereas he should not earn more than N922,810.23 if he were paid furniture allowance en bloc earlier, or N1,043,176.79 if he were being paid furniture allowance.

“Much of the difference was attributed to certain allowances which were not approved by the government.”

In the case of the registrar, the commission said he was being paid N130,692.71 in excess of his due salary of N502,580.25.
The commission also said the university disaggregated its staff salaries against the government’s policy of pay consolidation.
The NSIWC, therefore, directed the university to stop “the wrongful practices” and comply with relevant rules and rates.
The commission added,

“We hereby direct the vice-chancellor and the registrar to refund the cumulative overpayments made to them.

“You are to report to the commission in writing, your compliance with this directive within four weeks of this letter.”

Prof. Mobolaji Aluko became the Vice-Chancellor of the university in February 2011 and he said (in a text message to our Punch correspondent) that there was neither disaggregation of salaries nor overpayment of salaries.
The vice-chancellor said,

“Rather, pension and health insurance allowances were due to three of us, Diaspora Vice-Chancellors who are on Sabbatical from our foreign universities, and co-paid monthly in naira to us for payment to those foreign universities.

“Without that concession occurring, our own local salaries would have been wiped out completely, and we could not have accepted the job.”

“However, the need for accountability is welcome, and Salaries and Wages Commission will be fully reconciled to the full facts,” the VC stated.

Governor Slashes Own Salary, Travel Allowance By 50

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has announced the slashing of his salary and travel allowance by 50%.

Ikpeazu, who disclosed this Monday at the Government House Umuahia, while swearing in the state’s new Head of Service, Dr. Vivian Uma,  said he was deeply pained by his administration’s inability to pay salaries of workers as at when due following the dwindling federal allocation.

He said he had decided to personally identify with the suffering workers and would not lift the self imposed austerity until the salaries and allowances owed workers were cleared.

Some workers, especially those in the parastatals, as well as pensioners are being owed up to six months salaries.

The Governor, who is yet to move into the Government House, Umuahia, promised “to do everything possible” to  systematically defray the arrears of workers’ salaries. He called on political  appointees to follow his example, stressing that there is need to cut down the cost of governance.

 Meanwhile, he congratulated the new Head of Service on his appointment which he described as a milestone, saying that the appointment is part of his government’s desire to rejig  the civil service.

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Our Salary Not In The Region Of N1m Per Month- Dogara

The Speaker of the House of the Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on Friday, said he was not aware of the jumbo salaries being earned by legislators.

Mr. Dogara said this when he spoke with journalists shortly after paying a courtesy visit to Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau State.

He said, “When I hear about jumbo pay for legislators I get confused”.

“The issue of salary is quite clear because we don’t fix our salaries; it is the responsibility of the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission to do that.

“Any Nigerian that wants the information can take the benefit of the Freedom of Information Act to request for this information from the commission.

“I do know that our salary is not in the region of N1 million per month”.

The speaker, however, said he was aware of discussions that relate to the allowances being paid to members.

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Workers Salary: APC Should Stop Being Shameless – Ekiti Govt

Read the press statement below…

Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, who reacted to the APC’s claim in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, said over 1,000 fake workers have already been discovered on the payroll that ought not to be receiving salary. He said; “over 250 workers that are already dead have been receiving salary through the e-payment system introduced and contracted to a Lagos based company by the immediate past APC government.”

The governor’s aide, who urged the APC to first remove the timber in its eyes before aspiring to remove the toothpicks in other people’s eyes, said the party should prevail on its governors in neighbouring States to pay workers that are owed as much as right months salary. He said; “We commenced workers verification exercise last month and we have kept faith with our covenant with the workers by paying the April salary of those already cleared.

“As at today, we have discovered more than 1,000 people that were receiving salary fraudulently, out of which over 250 are dead. “The over 1,000 fake workers have now been deleted from the payroll and the exercise is still ongoing.”

On the claim by the APC that the State government received N22 billion from the federal government as refund for construction of federal roads in the State, Olayinka said; “Only a demented mind would believe that a refund of N22 billion was made by the federal government on N11 billion road project. “For instance, Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road on which they claimed federal government refunded N22 billion was awarded by the Engr Segun Oni government for N7.4 billion.

In 2013, the APC government of Dr Kayode Fayemi increased it to N11 billion, claiming the increment was to ensure quick completion of the project.

“So, How could federal government have refunded N22 billion on a N11 billion road project?

“These people just love to tell lies, hoping that they can again lie their way into the hearts of Ekiti people, but the people already know them and their stock in trade.”

DAAR Communications Workers Protest Again Over Unpaid Salaries, This Time It’s Rivers State

After workers shut down AIT Benin studio on the 4th of this month over unpaid 17 months salaries, Sahara Reporters is reporting now that both the radio and television station of the communication outfit in Rivers State was this morning almost shut down by workers who were also protesting non-payment of their salaries. They stood at the gate with drums and were singing solidarity songs demanding that their salaries be paid because they worked for it. They also sent back customers who were willing to go in for business.

Barri Peremougu, the Southern Director of the station, was almost lynched by the angry workers according to witnesses at the scene.

President Buhari and VP Osinbajo’s Salaries Revealed

Officially, politicians do not earn much in salaries but the secret allowances they collect are too much.

According to the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the President of the country, Muhammadu Buhari, will earn a monthly salary of N3,514,705.

The role of the RMAFC, empowered by Part 1 of the Third Schedule of the Nigerian Constitution, is to outline the salary earnings appropriate for individuals who hold political offices.

Buhari is also eligible for a regular hardship allowance, 50 percent of the basic salary, N1,757,350.5.

Altogether, President Buhari will take home N1,171,568.33 every month, and N14,058,820 yearly for salary.

The government also pays for the provision of car fuel, personal assistance, domestic staff, and utilities for President Buhari.

Upon request the new President has access to accommodation, Duty Tour allowances, medical allowances, as requested.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s monthly salary is N3,031,572.50. He will receive N1,010,524.17 monthly, and N12,126,290.00 annually.

These allowances are either paid periodically, monthly, etc. The Tour Allowance depends on the president’s travel arrangements.

Buhari promised during the campaign that the salaries of all members of his cabinet would not exceed what is outlined by the RMAFC.

Democracy Day: El Rufai, Deputy, Cut Own Salaries By 50%

Immediately after being sworn in as Kaduna State 22nd Goovernor, by the Chief Justice of Kaduna state, Justice Tanimu Zailani by 10:15am yesterday, Mallam Nasir El Rufai addressed the state and said he was contributing 50% of his salary and allowances to Kaduna as a mark of his sacrifice. He said that his deputy, Arc. Balla Barnabas Bantex had also agreed to make the same sacrifice.

He however warned that it was a gesture he would also expect from  citizens of the state when called upon to do so.

El Rufai who spoke to a huge crowd of mostly unruly youths at the Murtala Square, Kaduna, also informed the gathering that the situation of Kaduna state which he had inherited was tragically backward. He however said he was going to give in his best.
The swearing ceremony, which was overcrowded with urchins and other miscreants, saw the Emir of Zaria, Alh. Shehu Idris, humiliated by the crowd, which branded him a sale-out to a particular political party.

Reads part of El Rufai’s speech: “Kaduna State is in a difficult situation. As soon as we have all the facts in coming weeks, we shall lay bare to you just how deep a hole we have dug ourselves in the past several years. But this much we already know.

“Our finances are a shambles. Kaduna is the second most indebted state in our country. Our state is staggering under the weight of billions of naira in debt and other liabilities. As we all know, merely by walking the streets or seeing our neighbors everyday, the state of our state is abysmal. Our schools and hospitals, our roads and bridges, our villages, towns and cities, all are markers of backwardness.

“Too many of our children are hungry and in rags and in the street. Our society is divided along religious and ethnic lines. Worse still, our state cannot stand on its own feet. We have become a state of beggars, a condition of dependency that is an affront to our dignity and our humanity.

See The List of States Not Owing Civil Servants Salaries

According to Punch Newspaper, the Nigerian states listed below are not owing their workers:

I can not believe that Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state is owing workers yet he had the funds to be placing Buhari’s obituary on newspaper front pages.

Its very strange and sad !!!

PDP Workers On Strike For Non Payment Of Salary

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) workers at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, have gone on strike following the non-payment of their salaries which they said are for three months.

Our Correspondent gathered that the workers, who are mostly youths working as cleaners and messengers, commenced the strike on Tuesday, after all other means to get their pay failed to yield positive results. The party’s national secretariat was very dirty when our reporter visited it as the striking workers refused to perform their duties.

Some of them who came to the secretariat were seen sitting idle, wearing sad look on their faces and complaining that they had been spending their monies on transportation to the secretariat for the past three months without payment.

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President Jonathan’s Salary in 3 Years Revealed!!!

For presiding over the affairs of Nigeria as its president in the last three years, President Goodluck Jonathan has pocketed N4.323 billion as salary.

In the same vein, he had within the last three years,paid N626.422 million as tax to the country. The years which the president earned the salary and paid the tax, according to document from the Federal Inland. Revenue Service,FIRS, he released to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, were 2011,2012 and 2013.

The document which was placed at the INEC office at Area 10, Abuja, showed that the president, in 2011,2012 and 2013, received the said amount. The document showed that the president yearly salary stands at N14, 410, 290. 48 yearly. The president also paid a total of N626, 422, 175 million as tax in the years under review.

The income tax clearance certificate from the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Abuja with Ref. No: ABJ/MDA/PAYE/09690150 and dated July 2 2014, revealed that in Year 2011, 2012 and 2013, he received a total of N4,323, 087,144 salaries.

But the total amount of tax paid for three years is N626, 422, 175. While he paid N1, 242, 670, 21 as tax in 2011, Jonathan paid N2, 510, 775.77 for 2012 and 2013.

The document tagged: “To whom it may concern”, indicated that the president’s source of income was “employment”.

The clearance which was stamped and received in the Legal Services Department of INEC on December 18 2014 reads: “This is to certify that Dr. JONATHAN, Ebele Goodluck (Presidency) has paid income tax assessment for the past three years.

Meanwhile, the Code of Conduct Bureau has cleared Vice President Namadi Sambo to contest the 2015 general elections.

The letter of clearance was issued by the chairman of CCB, Mr. Sam Saba, to Sambo for the 2011 general elections.

It reads: “This is to certify that Arc. Namadi Sambo, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has never breached any of the Code of Conduct for public officers as contained in 5th schedule to (sic) the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, (1999), and has been declaring his assets as and when due. He is therefore cleared to contest the 2011 Presidential election.”

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