Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole has raised the alarm that soon state governments might be unable to pay the salaries of workers and meet other obligations if the Federal Government refuses to release state allocations promptly.
Investigations have already revealed that most state governments were finding it difficult to pay their contractors, who are now threatening to abandon ongoing projects and lay off workers.
Governor Oshiomhole who spoke at the just concluded 9th Triennial Delegates Conference of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, in Abuja, said this, “Very soon states may not be able to pay salaries as at when due, if the delay in releasing state allocations continues,” He said: “You now know that for this year our budget has not been performing.
“Despite all the debates about benchmark for the budget, in the end the National Assembly resolved it and there were speculations by all kind of analysts. You know our analysts often put their reputations on the line depending on the next consultancy that they want.”