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Friday, 18 November 2016

Fed Govt Owes Jonathan,Obasanjo,IBB,Shagari,10 Months Allowances

Another shocking picture of the economic recession was painted yesterday.
Former leaders – Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Shehu Shagari have not been paid their salaries and allowances since January.



Members of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, who visited the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), were shocked by the news.


Paucity of funds due to non approvals by President Muhammadu Buhari was blamed for the inability to pay the entitlements of the former leaders.
Payment schedules were said to have been sent to President Buhari for approval to access funds from the Service Wide Vote to pay the outstanding allowances.
The SGF, Mr. David Lawal Babachir, attributed the failure to pay to lack of funds in Service Wide Votes for salaries of former presidents.


Babachir told the committee members: “There is a department responsible for payment of former Presidents. At present, funds are not available in Service Wide Votes to do that. We are aware that there was a protest in Bayelsa State that former President Goodluck Jonathan was not paid, but we have explained that he is not the only one affected.


“Others affected are Inter Religious Council, traditional rulers council and so on. For some reason, we have been writing and writing, but there has been no response. And there is presently no money to pay them.


“The budget for this year’s Democracy Day was N33 million and we had to do it on credit; we are yet to pay. There are lots of retreats which ought to be organised but there is no money to do any. The last time we got any release was in August.”
The Senator Tijjani Kaura (APC, Zamfara North)-led committee members frowned at the non-payment of the former presidents’ entitlements.
They canvassed a joint action by the Office of the SGF and the committee to resolve the “most unfortunate” problem.”


The lawmakers also emphasised the need to draw the attention of the Budget Office and Ministry of Finance to the development.
Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, described the non-payment of former presidents as abnormal.
Hunkuyi said: “What we have seen here is an abnormality. Before referring any matter to the National Assembly, it is a function of the executive to appropriate funds. Therefore, the SGF should understand that there is something wrong in this office that must be addressed.


“There is no way you can run the expenses of this office without cash backing. We definitely have to draw the attention of the Budget Office and Ministry of Finance to the problems.”
Former Sokoto State Governor Senator Aliyu Wamakko, a member of the committee also criticized the non-payment of former presidents by the office of the SGF.

Wamakko said: “We can understand if former President Goodluck Jonathan has not been paid because he just left office. But for someone like Shagari, who lives from hand to mouth, it’s something I can’t understand. This development is really unfortunate; it doesn’t indicate seriousness, and it doesn’t indicate fairness.”

The SGF who laboured to calm the lawmakers, said: “When I got into this office, there was a lot of money in this account, but there was no Treasury Single Account.
“Before the government left office, they jacked up salaries. We told former Presidents Jonathan and Obasanjo that they cannot earn twice what the others were earning. So we told them we wanted to review it, and we did. So they now earn what the others earn as well.


“When I came into office, there was N1.5b in the account. We had payment of all liabilities which came to 700 million. Then we wrote to the President to return what was left to the TSA. That was how we came back to a zero balance.
“It is painful to me because as a person I know all of them (ex-presidents) personally. Now, why have we not been able to get the money? We requested for a budget of N700 million, complaining, but the President has his way of doing things.


“Look around, you’ll see government vehicles breaking down every now and then. Really, I know the challenges the Budget Office is facing, but the truth is, the funds are not just there. In any government, there are certain agencies that must be served first before others. So we have agreed on that. However, we will lean harder on the finance ministry to see that the situation is turned around.
“As SGF, I’m getting embarrassed and demeaned by chasing money coming from demands. All MDAS come to me for things to be done, and it is not quite easy, but we will try our best.


“Last year, these political appointees had nothing. As to assistance, we really need assistance, if not but to retain all what we have budgeted for.”
Babachir urged the National Assembly to intervene by approving funds proposed by his office in the 2017 budget to be submitted soon.
“What is in our budget, we need your help to defend it. This is part of the change agenda, so we must learn to sew our cloth according to the material,” he said.
The committee faulted the office of the SGF over replication of 2016 budget details in its 2017 budget proposal.

from The Nation

 

41 comments:

Loveme Jeje said...

All of them should forfeit their allowances. Thieves minus Jona and Shagari

Adadioramma said...

Mhh, make I waka pass.

James' hater said...

Why is the house so much interested in the ex presidents, what of the masses. Who will visit the SGF on our behalf. Pls if all these house members have ample times on their hands, they should pls come and help me peel cassava

white Berry said...

Singing...*if you asked me na who I go asked, the matter wey you hear so E tay wen E start...

THE KING"S QUEEN said...

Some Nigerians have not being paid for a long time too so they should DEAL WITH IT.

Queen Mother(loves sdk blog) said...

ok.....

shes fab said...

To bad for the economy situation.

SANDY NEKY said...

This is getting scary!Hmmmmmmmmmm it's well.

Rhoda Rex said...

I join u waka pass. 😒😒😒😒😒

BEDS AND ROSES said...

Really.......
They are rich nways, they don't need the money. Afterall theyv all milked d country enough for their entire lineague.
What of d state workers being owed ordinary 30k for 2yrs now.

Anonymous said...

I hope the president too has not been paid, only then will i believe the country is in recession, what a country everybody owing salaries

calabar chick said...

Buh Buhari receives his steady?
Iranu!

cakes by Bella's, Abuja. 58DA8ADF, 07080305132, instagram @cakes_by_bellas said...

Lol, @ peep cassava. But these ex presidents sef, am sure even if they don't get their allowances, they won't suffer for the rest of their lives.

Zitel Coconut oil Onitsha 08081725441 said...

Do they really need that cash. Enough pls

Pervert said...

I no just understand you, your gbagaun don too much nau. Haba, it's like you're onye ofe mmanu

Pipi Lee said...

Lmaoooooo...just imagine, still paying people who have enough to feed their 6th generations while the poor masses are languishing.

Anonymous said...

What do they need salaries for? Have they finished spending their loot from the nation's treasuries? Btwn pensioners that spent their lives serving this nation are owe for years , a lot have gone to their graves unhappy and heartbroken and nobody cares.

Kachi said...

Nigerians are dying of hunger everyday and they are talking about people that don't even need the money

Sapphire said...

Hmmmmmm.what of the money buhari is getting from d looters...

charitybino said...

What about ordinary pensioners

AAI said...

How i wish i can curse the House Members who are surprised that the former Presidents have not been paid. You can see its misplaced priorities. What about the ordinary civil servant who has not been paid for over 12 months or thereabout. Its time we set our priorities right. If there's no money to run the economy then we all must suffer it together @least na them put us for this situation. Let them feel what every other ordinary man on the street feels(though them still get plenty money wey them steal for house). May the gods of amadioha fire all of them on 3D abi no be so my brodas from z oza room(side)? God Bless Nigeria.

Anonymous said...

Where is all the money going to. I say it again the way Buhari is looting and will loot this country Abacha dey learn work for that one dey. I pity us. Sai Buhari. Sai change

Starjoy said...

Most workers have not been paid too, so why the noise

Anonymous said...

Who cares kwanu?

The workers in Benue that have not been paid in months nobody has fought for them!

Irritants!

Mosi Jubelo said...

Buhari too should release money for things na, Nawa o

Anonymous said...

*STATE OF THE NATION*
I have been following closely the activities of this government and whenever I have the opportunity, I try to find out the opinions of people as regards the performance of this government.

I just realized that the hardship faced by many Nigerians is simply as a result of the fact that almost everyone of us benefited from the cycle of corruption.

The bricklayer, plumber, laborers, tiler are all complaining because building construction has slowed down massively cause the thieves no longer have money to spend on real estate.

The car dealers are grumbling because their cars are begging for buyers. Thieves can no longer spend wastefully.

The private school owners are shouting because parents can no longer pay outrageous sums and are withdrawing their wards.

I was shocked when I learn that in a popular private University in Abuja, parents are writing undertaking at the account section for their children to be allowed to write exams... and it goes on and on.

The fact is, a lot of people are returning to what someone referred to as ''default mode''.

We mostly have been living above our REAL MEANS.

We have been staying in houses that ordinarily our incomes can't afford.

Our children going to schools we can't afford. Driving cars we ordinarily can't maintain.

We have been living a FAKE LIFE all along. Now the reality is before us and we don't want to accept it.

This shows how morally bankrupt we are.

You can't eat your Cake and have it. Take Note..."GOD HELP AND BLESS NIGERIA"

You got billions from bank without collateral using your political influence. You put half into your business and spent the other half on exotic cars, jeweleries, etc.

Your business employs 100 people normally. You get illegal waivers and concessions to import raw materials at rock bottom prices, you get over-inflated contract to supply government some goods your company produce....in short your company is kept afloat by corruption.

Anonymous said...

Now the new SHERIFF in town says:

no more ridiculous waivers,
no more inflated contracts, no more bank loans without collateral, in fact its time you or your company pay off the billions of debt owed.....

AMCON takes over your company, staff are laid off......And you go on air and say the new sheriff is killing business and causing unemployment..

The truth is....you and your company were never in business, you were only feeding off the system.

Too many companies and banks are funded by corruption. Remove corruption from the system and they collapse.......and we end up blaming the person that removes corruption for the collapse of the corruptly run fake company.

Its like our system and corruption are so interwoven and inseparable that removing one will kill the other.

Maybe we should tolerate and learn to live with corruption so that Nigeria can survive?

Recession: What recession? If you think Nigeria is broke, then you are living in another planet. Now, please read the information below and tell me why Nigerians crying of hardship are comfortable with the bold looting of their collective wealth by the politicians.

A SELF DECEIVING COUNTRY CALLED NIGERIA

Twenty-one senators currently receiving pensions from government as ex-governors and deputy governors.

The current senators who once served as governors are Bukola Saraki of Kwara, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano, Kabiru Gaya of Kano, Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom, Theodore Orji of Abia, Abdullahi Adamu of Nasarawa, Sam Egwu of Ebonyi, Shaaba Lafiagi of Kwara, Joshua Dariye of Plateau Jonah Jang of Plateau, Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto, Ahmed Sani Yarima of Zamfara, Danjuma Goje of Gombe, Bukar Abba Ibrahim of Yobe, Adamu Aliero of Kebbi, George Akume of Benue and Isiaka Adeleke of Osun.

The former deputy governors in the Senate are Ms Biodun Olujimi of Ekiti and Enyinaya Harcourt Abaribe of Abia. Danladi Abubakar Sani served as the acting governor of Taraba state.

Anonymous said...

Many former governors are also in Buhari's Cabinet as Ministers. This includes: Ngige, Fayemi, Amaechi and Fashola (SAN).).

In Akwa Ibom State, the law provides that ex governors and deputy governors receive pension equivalent to the salaries of the incumbent. The package also includes a new official car and a utility vehicle every four years; one personal aide; a cook, chauffeurs and security guards for the governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million per month and N2.5 million for his deputy governor.

In Rivers, the law provides 100 percent of annual basic salaries for the ex-governor and deputy, one residential house for the former governor “anywhere of his choice in Nigeria”; one residential house anywhere in Rivers for the deputy, three cars for the ex-governor every four years and two cars for the deputy every four years.

It is alledged that in Lagos, a former governor will get two houses, one in Lagos and another in Abuja, estimated at N500 million in Lagos and N700 million in Abuja. He also receives six new cars to be replaced every three years; a furniture allowance of 300 percent of annual salary to be paid every two years, and a N30 million pension annually for life.

This is the reality for all the 21 ex govenors and deputy governors who are currently serving as senators. This same is also true of ex governors who are now serving as Ministers.

NOW I ASK:
How many years did these guys serve their states as governors and deputy governors? Is it more than 8years? Is that a reason to be entitled to pensions for life? Even if they are entitled to pension for life, must it be so outrageous?

As if that is not enough: HOW on earth can any public servant with conscience collect salaries and allowances as a senator or minister, and still have the audacity to claim pensions equivalent to the salaries of a serving governor in Nigeria?

IT ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE......

Once you are elected a senator or appointed a minister, you must forfeit any pension accruing to you from government at any level until you vacate office. This should also apply to senators collecting military pensions like former Senate President David Mark.

Yet these senators are in the Senate that is inviting the current finance minister to discuss the recession of Nigeria's economy. A senator pockets approximately 30 million naira monthly as salary and allowances. Our "honourables" are not interested to make laws that could restructure our country into economically autonomous federating States/Regions to save the country from sectional agitations that is threatening to destroy Nigeria. The sad and hopeless situation is that the rest of Nigerians are busy arguing based on party, ethnic and affiliations while these enemies of state continue to rape us.

Do you know that it costs tax payers 290m Naira yearly to maintain each member of our National Assembly in a country where nothing works & 80% of population earn below 300 Naira a day ? A working day earning of a senator is more than a yearly income of a doctor; it's more than the salary of 42 Army generals or 48 professors or 70 commissioners of police or more than twice the pay of the US President or 9 times the salary of US congressmen.

It's high time the country had a referendum on those outrageous salaries of Senators, House of Representative members and other political office holders.

Anonymous said...

Many former governors are also in Buhari's Cabinet as Ministers. This includes: Ngige, Fayemi, Amaechi and Fashola (SAN).).

In Akwa Ibom State, the law provides that ex governors and deputy governors receive pension equivalent to the salaries of the incumbent. The package also includes a new official car and a utility vehicle every four years; one personal aide; a cook, chauffeurs and security guards for the governor at a sum not exceeding N5 million per month and N2.5 million for his deputy governor.

In Rivers, the law provides 100 percent of annual basic salaries for the ex-governor and deputy, one residential house for the former governor “anywhere of his choice in Nigeria”; one residential house anywhere in Rivers for the deputy, three cars for the ex-governor every four years and two cars for the deputy every four years.

It is alledged that in Lagos, a former governor will get two houses, one in Lagos and another in Abuja, estimated at N500 million in Lagos and N700 million in Abuja. He also receives six new cars to be replaced every three years; a furniture allowance of 300 percent of annual salary to be paid every two years, and a N30 million pension annually for life.

This is the reality for all the 21 ex govenors and deputy governors who are currently serving as senators. This same is also true of ex governors who are now serving as Ministers.

NOW I ASK:
How many years did these guys serve their states as governors and deputy governors? Is it more than 8years? Is that a reason to be entitled to pensions for life? Even if they are entitled to pension for life, must it be so outrageous?

As if that is not enough: HOW on earth can any public servant with conscience collect salaries and allowances as a senator or minister, and still have the audacity to claim pensions equivalent to the salaries of a serving governor in Nigeria?

IT ISN'T ROCKET SCIENCE......

Once you are elected a senator or appointed a minister, you must forfeit any pension accruing to you from government at any level until you vacate office. This should also apply to senators collecting military pensions like former Senate President David Mark.

Yet these senators are in the Senate that is inviting the current finance minister to discuss the recession of Nigeria's economy. A senator pockets approximately 30 million naira monthly as salary and allowances. Our "honourables" are not interested to make laws that could restructure our country into economically autonomous federating States/Regions to save the country from sectional agitations that is threatening to destroy Nigeria. The sad and hopeless situation is that the rest of Nigerians are busy arguing based on party, ethnic and affiliations while these enemies of state continue to rape us.

Do you know that it costs tax payers 290m Naira yearly to maintain each member of our National Assembly in a country where nothing works & 80% of population earn below 300 Naira a day ? A working day earning of a senator is more than a yearly income of a doctor; it's more than the salary of 42 Army generals or 48 professors or 70 commissioners of police or more than twice the pay of the US President or 9 times the salary of US congressmen.

It's high time the country had a referendum on those outrageous salaries of Senators, House of Representative members and other political office holders.

Cynthia Ibhe said...

Well done...lineague indeed. I raise Beyonce's hand for you🤗🤗

Victoria Omosuyi said...

*lineage* she meant. No one is above mistake.

Victoria Omosuyi said...

Oh oh. Somebori like Ibb can never feel the pangs of hunger.

Affordable accessories said...

Anon the epistle writer,what concern me most is the non payment of October salary in some F. G hospitals. It is difficult to practice medicine on hungry stomach o. When they embark on nationwide strike now people will be like Doctors r self centered. Issorait. I go negodu.

Anonymous said...

Please, this is SDK not nairaland. APC social media agent. Only you want to finish the whole space. Poor masses are not feeling the positive aspect of the administration neither is the former president. Despite the fact that they still remove tax from my salary, where all the money dey go?

Kadiri Abdulrahman said...

They should look for money and pay Shagari, abeg. Paying the other trio is a waste. They stole more than enough.

I am the queen and the boss of this blog said...

Kwakwakwakwa...
This bed and foolish,I thought you are a graduate...
Tueh!..

I am the queen and the boss of this blog said...

Gbam!...

I am the queen and the boss of this blog said...

Copy and paste..
*yawn*...

Anonymous said...

This anonn comment up there makes me sad. How greedy our leaders can be. It has to revolve around how much only them can take home. Every other citizens, burn to hell. SDK can you please make the comment a stand alone post? Nigerians need to be educated on how the leaders have been milking the nation, mostly this period.

Anonymous said...

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Mr D said...

Kids and brainwashed slaves too plenty for this blog. Just listen to your dumb brain anon 20:03. Yall people are going to keep living in extreme poverty, slavery, and backwardness . Fools!

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