An inevitable pandemonium appears to be looming in several states of the federation between civil servants and the state governments due to the inability of the states to pay workers’ salaries.
Civil servants in many states have either just suspended their strike or in some states where they are still working, the labour movement in the states have declared their intention to go on strike.
Recently, while addressing the National Executive Council members of the All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari, while lamenting the precarious state of the nation’s economy, said no fewer than 27 states of the federation were finding it difficult to pay workers’ salaries.
Over 20 states last year accessed a bailout package by the Federal Government, most of which were believed to have been used to pay salaries.
Shortly after this relief package, however, there were speculations that the states were planning to apply for another round of bailout, which has been vehemently denied.