Unpaid salaries: Civil servant commits suicide in Ekiti

A senior civil servant with Ekiti State Government, Mr. Tope Afolayan, has committed suicide over alleged unpaid salaries and his inability to pay his huge debt, a reliable source confirmed.

Afolayan, a native of Oye- Ekiti, the headquarters of Oye Local Government Area of the state, worked in the Office of the state Accountant-General.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Afolayan, a level 10 officer, who died on Thursday, was survived by a teacher wife and three children.

The source added that Afolayan was found hanging from the ceiling of his house, located on Peace Avenue, Olorunda, Ado-Ekiti.

The source said the deceased was a final year student of Law at Ekiti State University (EKSU) and an interpreter in a branch of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), Ekute area of Ado-Ekiti.

The source said Afolayan, who had been buried, did not leave any suicide note.

The source added that the deceased had consistently complained to friends about the non-payment of his accumulated salary arrears.

He was said to have attributed his inability to pay his debts and perform his financial responsibility for the upkeep of his immediate family on the non-payment of his salary.

“Although he didn’t leave any suicide note before hanging himself he had been very moody and heartbroken for a couple of weeks before the incident happened.

“He had been complaining about the debts he owed which he was unable to defray because of non-payment of the arrears of salaries.

“In fact, he was among the last batch of applicants for car loan given by government last year but his name did not come out.

“We are shocked by Afolabi’s death because nobody thought he would go to that extent, we are still mourning his death,” the source said.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP. Alberto Adeyemi confirmed the incident.

Adeyemi said that the incident was reported at New Iyin Road Police Station in Ado Ekiti.


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Unpaid Salaries: Workers In Bayelsa Turn To Begging For Survival

Some workers in public and civil service in Bayelsa State have turned to begging to survive the hard economic realities in the state.
It was observed that some workers, in a bid to cope with the harsh economic condition foisted on them by unpaid salaries, had devised different means to beg in order to fulfil their financial obligations.

According to reports by Punch, it was learnt that the civil and public servants being owed about five months’ salaries by the Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration could no longer meet their personal and family obligations.

Many of them were said to be unable to pay their bills, children’s school fees and service their accommodation expenses.

Due to their inability to pay transportation fares, most of them could no longer attend to go to their work places and church activities while persons who managed to go end up begging for fares to go back home.

Some of them said they were dying of hunger, adding that they no longer went to work because of the lack of money for transport and feeding.

They recalled that Dickson had promised to promptly pay salaries of workers, but wondered why the governor, who was no longer executing projects, could not pay workers.

One of them, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of victimisation, said he stopped going to work because the government had not paid him since November 2015.

The source, who is a manager in the government-owned Izon Ibe Community Bank, confessed, “I work in the state-owned micro-finance bank, but since November, I have not been paid. I can’t go to work because I need to look for something to do to feed my family. It has been very tough. Surviving in Bayelsa State has become so difficult.

“I wonder why an oil-producing state like Bayelsa cannot pay salaries. We learnt that states like Ebonyi and Taraba, with one of the least allocations, still pay salaries. But here, we are working in an oil-producing state without salaries.”

Also, two ladies working for the state government were sighted on Imgbi Road, on Wednesday, begging passers-by for N100 to go home after attending a morning church programme in the area.

Though many people turned them down, they leapt up in joy when eventually a Good Samaritan gave the duo N500 to go home.

It was, however, learnt that the governor recently approved the payment of a month’s salary for the civil servants, but most of them had no balance left in the accounts after their banks deducted arrears of unpaid loans.

A food vendor, who identified herself simply as Emilia,  said the hardship had affected her so much that most of her customers no longer patronised her.

She said, “Before, my small shop used to bubble with patronage. I would finish selling before 9pm every day.

“But everything has changed. I have reduced the quantity I cook, yet I can’t finish selling my food even up to 12am. I carry them home. I am even considering closing my shop.”

However, most residents have blamed the development on the leadership style of Dickson, saying he stifled the economy on assuming office as the governor for the second term.

An angry resident, identified simply as Emmanuel, wondered why the government was claiming that the state is poor when Dickson said he opened a dedicated account “where he saved for the rainy day.”

“The rain is now falling. People expected the governor to start using the savings of the state in paying salaries and rejuvenating the economy. Bayelsa is not supposed to be suffering. It is supposed to be a model state.”

Commenting on the situation, the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, Bayelsa State, Mr. Ndiomu George-Diepre, said the Congress was disenchanted with the development.

Though he appreciated the economic situation in the country, he, however, appealed to Dickson to pay the workers so that they could  meet their personal and family obligations.

George-Diepre said, “The Congress as usual is still on the struggle. Right now,  we are on the air, calling on the government to pay the unpaid salaries.

“While we understand the economic situation in the country and how it also affects the states, we are still asking that the government should pay all the outstanding salaries of workers, particularly the pensioners and of course, the local government workers.

“There are also a lot of scams and ghost workers suspected in those areas, and the governor is saying he wants to do verification  and after that they will pay. But the Labour is saying that they should be paid because they have suffered for a long time.”

However, a top official in the Governor’s office said Bayelsa State was not the only state that was owing salaries, rationalising that some states were owing between seven and eight months.

The official,  who did not want his name mentioned, said, “So, why is Bayelsa State so peculiar that journalists want to do a report on it?

“The Federal Government is owing. You heard the Secretary to the Government of the Federation saying the FG is owing N6bn every month. Is that not scandalous for a nation like Nigeria? Is it not more news worthy than workers resorting to begging? Check the fact, we are owing just three months.”


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Oyo State Workers Issue 7-Day Ultimatum Over Five Months Unpaid Salaries

Organised labour in Oyo State has issued a 7-day ultimatum to Oyo State Government to settle over five months arrears of salaries owed workers.


The ultimatum was issued on Tuesday in Ibadan by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Joint Negotiation Council (JNC).
Mr Waheed Olojede, the State NLC Chairman, who spoke at a news conference, said that the 7-day ultimatum would commence on Wednesday, March 30 and lapse on Thursday, April 7.


He said that the unions had considered the prevailing condition of workers and pensioners with five months unpaid salaries and the failure of government to accede to previous requests.


The government and the unions in 2015 signed a memorandum of understanding on how the salaries would be paid.


Olojede said that the unions had written to the state government requesting for a meeting, which he claimed the government failed to accept.
Olojede said that the situation had reduced workers to state of poverty, adding that their productivity, diligence and absolute commitment would be hinged on how the workers were treated.


“If government fails to meet the leadership of the labour movement in the state, we may not be able to guarantee continued industrial peace beyond the stipulated time,” he said.



Osun Lecturers Storm Assembly, Sit On Bare Floor Over Unpaid Salaries

Lecturers under the aegis of the Council of Academic Staff Unions of Osun State Owned Tertiary Institutions on Monday took their protest over unpaid salaries to the state House of Assembly.

However, the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salam, walked out on them. The workers are protesting the non-payment of their salaries for eight straight months.

It was learnt that the Speaker walked out on the lecturers after spending some minutes with them.? The lecturers had been on strike for the past three months.

?Chanting various anti-government songs, the lecturers carried various placards some of which read: ‘Save our Souls’, ‘Enough is Enough’, ‘Pay our Salaries’ and ‘We Reject Half Salaries’.

The workers, who were led by leaders of the body including Chairman, Lasisi Jimoh; Secretary Olusegun Lana and Public Relations Officer, Dotun Omisore decried the speaker’s action.

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Osun Judge Calls For Aregbesola’s Impeachment Over Unpaid Salaries

An Osun State judge, Justice Oloyede Folahanmi has called on the state House of Assembly to investigate the alleged mismanagement of the state’s financial resources by the governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola and his deputy in accordance with Sections 128 and 129 of the 1999 constitution, saying there is no moral justification for their continued stay in office.

Folahanmi, in a 30-page petition urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission,EFCC, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, Amnesty International, Transparency International among others, to investigate any other person found to be responsible for what he described as ‘’ deliberate mismanagement of the economy of Osun State.’’

The petitioner further accused Aregbesola of acting in defiance of some sections of the constitution which bordered on the welfare of Osun indigenes.

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Buhari Meets Governors Tomorrow Over Unpaid Salaries

Following an appeal by the 36 state governors seeking President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention over the inability of some states to pay workers’ salaries, the President has agreed to meet with governors tomorrow.

This is just as the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, has advised affected states to explore available avenues to alleviate the plights of the workers.

The meeting between President Buhari and the governors is expected to focus on the modality of sourcing funds to enable them defray the debts owed their workers. A top government official of the affected states said: “The President has graciously accepted our overtures to him to help us.

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Unpaid Salaries Sum N110bn In States

No fewer than 12 of the 36 states of the federation are facing difficult times as the salaries they owe their workers are approximately well over N110bn. This represents the salaries being owed by government of 10 of the states of the federation. They are Osun, Rivers, Oyo, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Ondo, Plateau, Benue, and Bauchi states.

The 36 state governors, who met during the week in Abuja under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum for the second time after the May 29 inauguration of the new government, expressed their concern over the issue.

The situation, according to Saturday PUNCH investigation, has been giving some of the governors’ aides serious concern as they are also being owed salaries and allowances.

The governors had resolved to meet with the President to demand the refund of the money spent on executing Federal Government projects in their respective states to enable them to pay their workers.

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Strike Imminent In 18 States Over Unpaid Salaries

Imminent strike is said to be looming in 18 states following the inability of some state government to pay their workforce for some months.

The General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, said that the strike has started in Plateau State, adding that a similar exercise will begin in Cross River State and others on Monday.

The states owing salaries or pensions are Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross River, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and Zamfara states.

However, Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Borno, Delta, Edo, the FCT, Gombe, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto and Taraba are not indebted to their workers.

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Court Freezes Plateau, Benue Accounts Over Unpaid Salaries

A Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the freezing of accounts belonging to Benue and Plateau states in Skye Bank, Zenith Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and First City Monument Bank Plc over their alleged refusal to pay state workers.

Reports provide that Justice Ademola Adeniyi gave the order on Monday while ruling on two ex-parte applications filed by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).  Both states are owing workers several months wages.


Bauchi Workers Threaten Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

The Bauchi State chapter of Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), has given Governor Isa Yuguda six-day ultimatum to settle all unpaid salaries or face indefinite strike.

The state chairman of the NLC, Hashimu Gital, gave the ultimatum in a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday in Bauchi. The statement said the government owned workers two months’ salaries; March 2014 and April 2015.

It warned that if the government failed to meet its demand, labour would embark on indefinite strike. “The leadership of organised labour in Bauchi State met on May 6, 2015 and resolved to communicate to Bauchi State Government the following:

“That payment of outstanding salaries of March 2014 and April 2015 should be made on or before May 12, 2015.

“Failure to meet this demand will lead to withdrawal of services of workers indefinitely until the salaries are paid, the statement added”.

In his reaction, the state Head of Service, Abdon Gin, said that the workers were owed only April 2015 salary. He explained that government and organised labour had reached a compromise that the March 2014 salary would be paid in installment. He said that the government and labour were negotiating to resolve the issue before the May 12 deadline.

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Blame Governors Over Unpaid Salaries– Okonjo-Iweala

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Wednesday cleared the FG of blame over the inability of some state governments to pay their workers’ salaries.

Okonjo-Iweala, in a statement by her Special Adviser on Communications, Paul Nwabuikwu said the governors of such states should be blamed for the development in their states because they were told through the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee to make the issue of wage a priority.

She explained that despite the 50 per cent drop in gross federally collectible revenue, the Federal Government had made the issue of workers’ salaries a top priority in order to ensure that the “people do not feel the negative impact of the revenue drop on the economy.”

For instance, the minister said that contrary to the “misinformation being put forward by certain governors to the effect that federal workers are being owed, staff salaries at the Federal level are up-to-date.”

She said in the five paragraph statement that the states, being one of the three tiers of government that receive monthly allocations from the Federation Account, should be blamed for their predicament.

The statement read, “This is to clarify the misinformation put forward by certain governors to the effect that Federal workers are being owed salaries.

“This is incorrect. Staff salaries at the Federal level are up-to-date; workers have received their April salaries.

“Regarding difficulties in salary payments, certain governors are trying to blame the Federal Government for their predicament. This is wrong. They had been told through the FAAC to prioritise salaries but they chose not to do so, hence the backlog that some states are experiencing.

“The 50 per cent drop in revenues simply means that salaries should be prioritised.   The Federal Government should not be blamed for avoidable mistakes made at the state level.”

The APC governors   had during a meeting with the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja on Tuesday, expressed frustrations about their inability to pay workers’ salaries.

They therefore appealed to Buhari to consider a bailout plan for all the 36 state governments after his inauguration on May 29.

They said, “One of the issues that became of concern to all of us is the state of the Nigerian economy which is really in a bad shape.

“We have come to notify the incoming president of the challenges ahead of him. As it stands today, most states of the federation have not been able to pay salaries and even the Federal Government has not paid April salaries and that is very worrisome, by May and June, that (salaries) will be in cumulative of three months.

“We wonder with the huge expectation of Nigerians and people who have voted us into power, we are hoping that the president-elect will do everything humanly possible to bring about a bailout not only for the states but the Federal Government, at least for people to get their salaries and turn around the economy.”


Fayose Has No Excuse For Unpaid Salaries- APC

The All Progressives Congress in Ekiti State says Governor Ayodele Fayose has no good reason for not paying workers April salaries.

The APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Taiwo Olatubosun, in a statement on Tuesday asked workers to reflect on their experiences while Dr. Kayode Fayemi was the governor.

He also urged the workers to ask themselves how the former governor was able to pay them regularly while at the same time servicing debt and implementing capital projects. He said Fayose could not do either of the two despite not servicing any debt in the last six months.

The statement read, “Governor Fayose has not paid one kobo of Ekiti’s debt since he assumed office. He sought moratorium of six months within which there would be no deduction in Ekiti’s federal allocation.

“That means Fayose saves N500m that Fayemi was paying in debt when he was the governor, therefore, the excuse that Fayemi left a huge debt behind is boring and unconvincing.

“The Federal Government has refunded N22bn that Fayemi spent on federal projects. Another N2bn Ecological Fund has been paid. Fayose denied payment of the Ecological Fund until we obtained contrary information after invoking the Freedom of Information Act. He quickly owned up and two weeks later he announced that he had awarded contracts on ecological disasters across the state where the whole N2bn was spent.

“We are asking Ekiti people to point to any ecological project in their communities to prove the governor right.”
Listing many cost-saving steps the governor took to enable him pay workers and implement his ‘stomach infrastructure’ scheme, the APC spokesman said Fayose cancelled social security scheme involving payment of between N5,000 and 20,000 to elders monthly.

He added, “Fayose scrapped the road transport agency that had 300 operatives. He scrapped peace corps scheme which had 800 workers. He reversed the promotions of 5000 workers and slashed their allowances and running grants, including monarchs’ allowances by 60 per cent.

“He stopped funding security agencies but increased his personal security vote to N200m monthly. He started using streetlights from 7pm to 10.30pm daily which Fayemi did from 6.30pm to 6.30am. He reduced the number of ministries from 19 to 14. He sacked 180 workers in the House of Assembly while nine permanent secretaries in the civil service were sacked.”