BreakingNews 26/7/17 - APC: Salary arrears will soon be eliminated

[ Masterweb Reports Muideen Olaniyi reports ] - The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Segun Oni, says the Muhammadu Buhari administration is working to eliminate salary arrears soon.


Oni, who said this when he received the United Kingdom Member of Parliament for Edmonton, Kate Osamor, at the APC National Secretariat on Tuesday evening, said a bulk of salary arrears owed workers in some states had been paid through bailout funds provided by the Buhari administration.


He said, "We are doing something which people have not recognised as a cardinal signature of the progressives. We are trying to eradicate salary arrears. Past governments, particularly at the state levels owed salaries. This government has been trying to help them (states) pay the arrears and very soon, we are going to have a check on how much is left everywhere to be paid. But substantially, a bulk of salary arrears is paid now.


"The people who are owed salaries are mostly the downtrodden and when they are owed, you compound the poverty equation. We are working towards ensuring that in no distant future, arrears will be eliminated. The only way we can do it is through the bailout funds to states. Because we cannot control what the governor would do because he is chief executive, but when there are bailout funds, we believe that they will apply it to settle salary arrears," he said.


Oni also said the Buhari APC-led administration initiated several pro-people initiatives, including the Home Grown School Feeding Programme and N-Power scheme to alleviate poverty and provide gainful economic opportunities for the masses.


He said government was open to ideas and best practices to develop the country, reduce poverty and productively engage its young population.


The UK MP for Edmonton, Osamor, who spoke during the visit, said that the Labour Party was ready to share its experiences, good practices and work with the APC.



She thanked the APC leadership for support and pledged to extend the party’s well-wishes to the current seven UK parliamentarians of Nigerian descent.


Chief Executive Officer, Westminister Foundation for Democracy, Mr. Anthony Smith, who accompanied the visiting UK MP called on political parties to be responsive to voters concerns before and after elections.


Also present at the meeting were the APC National Youth Leader, Hon. Dasuki Ibrahim Jalo; Chief of Staff to the APC National Chairman, Mr. Edwin Ikhinmwin and Country Representative, Westminister Foundation for Democracy, Mr. Adebowale Olorunmola.


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