Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has declared that there was no presidential approval given on the N45bn pension benefits of the ex- workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways.
The declaration came as a shocker to the workers who have been agitating for the payment of the entitlements, protesting in Lagos and Abuja.
Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika had thrive assured the workers that their money would be paid before the last Christmas, New Year and Easter but this did not happen.
The aviation workers’ unions were on the verge of issuing fresh ultimatum for strike as the affected workers blamed the Finance Minister for allegedly withholding their entitlement.
But in an apparently shocking revelation through her tweeter page, @HMKemiAdeosun, the Minister explained that the N45bn approval was part of the inherited government debts to be cleared through promissory notes.
She said, “There has been a misconception in the media that the President had approved the payment of N45 billion terminal benefits to the ex-workers of Nigeria Airways. I should make it clear that there is no presidential approval and no appropriation yet for the payment.
“The terminal benefits of ex-Nigeria Airways workers are also part of the outstanding inherited debts. These benefits have been reconciled & agreed at N45 billion, following verification. But we don’t have Presidential approval yet for the payment. It also has to be appropriated.”
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