Youths in Delta State have called on the State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa to urgently pay workers in the state from the N10bn received in the second tranche of Paris Club refund.
The call is coming barely a day after Federal Government of Nigeria released details of payments to the 36 states from another tranche of refund amounting to N243.8 billion being over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans.
The youths, under the aegis of Delta Youth Assembly (DYA), a socio-political pressure group comprising all the youths in the state, made this known in a statement issued on Wednesday by the National Publicity Secretary of DYA, Ezekiel Enejeta.
The spokesperson, in the statement, expressed unhappiness at the Okowa-led government for its inability to offset the over fifteen months salary arrears owed local government employees in the state.
This is just as the National President of DYA, Comrade Gilor Kelly, lamented that in spite of the N21.54bn Delta State received from federal allocations in first quarter of 2017, the state government is still owing workers.
“Delta state in the recently disbursed Paris Club refund received N10bln, the State also received N14,500,000,000 in 2016 and have so far received a total of 27,606,963,362.46 from the Paris Club refund between 1995 and 2002”, Comrade Gillor said, while reacting to the sufferings of workers in the state.
“Also in federal allocations, the Okowa-led administration have received the third largest share behind Rivers and Bayelsa States, with all these funds including internally generated revenue, Delta State is still behind most states with visible deficit in infrastructural development”.
The group therefore enjoined Governor Okowa to use the Paris Club refund to offset salary arrears as workers in the state have lost patience in the midst of hardship and high cost of goods and services in the country.