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States Owing Salaries As At July 31, 2022

States owing salaries of six months and above as at July 31, 2022
1. Abia
2. Ebonyi
3. Edo
4. Imo
5. Nasarawa
6. Ondo
7. Plateau
8. Taraba


Abia (6 months & above)
Adamawa (3-5 months)
Benue (3-5 months)
Cross river (1-2 months)
Delta (1-2 months)
Ebonyi (6 months & above)
Edo (6 months & above)
Imo (6 months & above)
Kogi (3-5months)
Nasarawa (6 months & above)
Ondo (6 months & above)
Plateau (6 months & above)
Taraba (6 months & above)

‘Twelve states owe salaries.’ — BudgIT condemns the failure to pay workers’ wages.

BudgIT, a civic-tech organization, has expressed concern about state governments’ refusal to pay workers’ salaries.

BudgIT made the announcement on Thursday in a statement signed by Iyanu Fatoba, assistant head, media and communications.

According to the findings of its 2022 Nigerian Sub-National Salary Survey, at least 12 states owe their employees at least one month’s salary as of July 28, 2022.

It urged concerned governments to prioritize employees’ rights by paying all accrued wages.

“BudgIT expressed its displeasure after an empirical survey of the federation’s 36 states revealed that at least 12 states owe their employees 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. 

While the findings from the survey favoured states that are not in arrears, states like Abia, Adamawa, Ebonyi, Ondo and Taraba owe three (3) years or less in payments.

“For example, Abia state currently owes its state tertiary institution workers six (6) months’ salary, while Ebonyi has not paid its pensioners in the last six (6) months. Secretariat workers in Taraba complained of irregular salary payments for up to six (6) months, while lecturers at state tertiary institutions and midwives in the state-owned hospital in Ondo State have not been paid a dime in the last four (4) months.”

According to Iniobong Usen, BudgIT’s head of research and policy advisory, the remuneration of civil servants is a necessary part of the employer-employee relationship, whether at the state or federal level.

The delay in salary payment, according to Usen, has an impact on the smooth operation of the government, adding that the survival and livelihood of civil servants rely on timely salary payment, and the government’s refusal to pay demonstrates its disregard for the legal obligation to pay.

“Nigerian civil servants are unfortunately no strangers to salary delays and gaps.” Despite being part of the government’s executive implementing arm, they have frequently been left without pay. With several states guilty of nonpayment, civil servants are frequently at a loss at the end of the month,” he said.

The civic tech group further said the lingering issue has become worrisome, adding that non-salary payments are a breach of the basic contractual provisions between an employer and employee and failed to recognise national legislation on employee rights at the continental and international levels.

“BudgIT posits that this state of affairs is a combination of ‘governance failure’ bordering on mismanagement and administrative inefficiency, an unnecessarily large wage bill which itself may be due to poor planning and hiring practices, and a problem of broader macroeconomic downturns which in some sense are beyond the control of the state governments, as they have little influence over monetary and fiscal policies,” the group added.

“Therefore, BudgIT calls on the various state governments to urgently address this glaring inability to pay state workers’ salaries as the attitude, enthusiasm, productivity and survival of state workers and their families are directly related to the timeliness of their remuneration.”