Pay salary arrears and pensions of your workers - Buhari urges state governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged governors to pay salary arrears and pensions in their states, stressing that salaries are workers sole means of paying rents.

The President decried the way some state governors spent their Paris Club Refund in a meeting with members of the national council of traditional rulers on Monday.

The federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to states totalling N243.795 billion.

The president frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund.

He said: “We have to digress this much because I would like to convince you that I’m living with the problems of this country day-by-day, and mostly those of the ordinary people.

“There are Nigerians that haven’t been paid for six months; there are Nigerians that have not been paid their retirement benefits for years.

“I’m appealing to the governors, (that was why we voted money, we borrowed money), please make sure anybody under you, pay them because most of them depend on that salary to pay rent, school fees.”

He vowed that his administration would continue to do its best in executing developmental projects to uplift the standard of living of all Nigerians irrespective of their geopolitical backgrounds.

The president noted with joy that the country would be witnessing bountiful harvest across the country, this year.

He said the bountiful harvest was as a result of the prayers of Nigerians which God graciously answered.