BudgIT, a civic-tech organisation, has expressed concerns over the refusal of state governments to pay workers’ salaries. BudgIT said this in a statement on Thursday signed by Iyanu Fatoba, assistant head, media and communications.
The organisation said the outcome of its report titled, “2022 Nigerian Sub-National Salary Survey,” showed that “at least 12 states owe their workers at least one month’s salary as of July 28, 2022”. It urged concerned states to prioritise employees’ rights by paying all accrued salaries.
“BudgIT expressed this disapproval after its empirical survey across the 36 states in the federation revealed that at least 12 states owe their workers at least one month’s salary as of July 28, 2022,” the statement reads. “BudgIT conducted this empirical survey to spotlight and identify state governments that have consistently failed to meet the essential requirement of governance and employee compensation, thereby subjecting their workers to unpaid labour and harsh living conditions.
It added that findings from the survey showed that “Abia, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Ondo and Taraba owe three years or less in payments”.