In relating to the inability of 27 out of 36 states to pay salaries, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that it was an embarrassment to the nation.
Salary is supposed to be a statutory right of a worker as the labourer deserves his wages. But it seems to me that here in Nigeria the labourer deserves to suffer. Salary is a fixed amount of money or compensation paid to an employee by an employer in return for work performed. Salary is commonly paid in fixed intervals, for example, monthly payments of one-twelfth of the annual salary. By this definition, a worker is supposed to get his salary at the end of a working month. But how come that in Nigeria workers go to work, perform their duties and yet teceive nothing for working.
The question that readily comes to mind is WHY? Why couldn’t this 27 states pay their workers’ salaries? Don’t they get subvention from the Federal government? And if they do get why couldn’t they pay salaries? What about their IGR? Why has it has to degenerate to this level? Is salary payments now an achievement by any government in this time and age? But wait a minute! Are we saying that the non payment of salaries by this 27 states also include the governors salaries and their Security Votes? It has better be, or else the credibility of this clamour for inability to pay salaries will be a deceit. At least they should also feel what the majority of workers are feeling. Because what affect the eyes should affect the nose as well.
Notwithstanding, the inability of this States to pay salaries should be investigated and probed if anybody is found culpable. Let the people of the affected states know those that put them in this level of suffering. And let them also know if this trend just happened the natural way or it is human factor as in embezzling or misappropriating of the fund made for salaries. Let somebody be held accountable for this pains.