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Abia, Ondo, Ebonyi, Imo, Others Slammed For Owing Workers

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A transparency and accountability advocacy group called BudgIT has published a poll on state governments that are owing their employees.

In the survey that was made public on Thursday, BudgIT expressed its displeasure over some state governments' unwillingness to pay the accruable monthly salary to its civil service employees in those states as and when due.

As of July 28, 2022, at least 12 states owe their employees at least one month's wages, according to BudgIT's empirical assessment among the 36 states in the federation.

It was found that states including Taraba, Abia, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Ondo, and Imo owing money for three years or less.

For instance, Ebonyi has not made pension payments to its retirees in the last six months, while Abia State owes the salaries of six months to the employees of its state-run educational institutions.

While secretariat employees in Taraba State have complained about inconsistent salary payments for up to six months, teachers at public tertiary institutions and midwives working at the state-run hospital in Ondo State have not received any money in the past four.

In a statement released by the organization, BudgIT's Head of Research and Policy Advisory, Iniobong Usen, addressed the problem, stating that "Nigerian civil officials are regrettably not unfamiliar with delays and gaps in monthly wage payments. 

"Even though they are a part of the government's executive branch, they frequently go without paychecks. 

"Civil servants are frequently at their wits' end at "month end" since various states are guilty of this non-payment."

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