Abuja - The Federal government has in the last ten months not paid the salaries and allowances of former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan, Olusegun Obasanjo, General Ibrahim Babangida and Shehu Shagari.
Also affected in the non payment of salaries and allowances since January this year are General Abdulsalami Abubakar; Yakubu Gowon and Ernest Shonekan.
This was revealed to the Senators Thursday when the Senate Committee on of Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, led by Senator Tijjani Kaura visited the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Lawal Babachir .
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Babachir according to Sahara Reporters attributed the failure to pay the former leaders their entitlement to the unavailability 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. Presently 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.
The Senator Kaura-led committee members frowned at the non-payment of the former Presidents’ entitlements.
They canvassed joint action between the Office of the SGF and the committee to find an immediate solution to the problem describing the development as “most unfortunate.”
- News 24