Salary delays caused by BVN verification – Kwara government

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

The Kwara State Government says only civil servants and pensioners that are yet to undergo the Bank Verification Number (BVN) clearance are currently being owed.
It emphasized that all cleared workers and pensioners in the state would continue to receive their entitlements.
In a statement issued in Ilorin, the state capital, on behalf of the Kwara State Personnel Database Development Committee,  the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the State Governor , Dr. Muyideen Akorede, said 15% of the 83,000 workers and pensioners that were yet to be BVN verified, had their entitlements warehoused pending clearance.
The statement clarified that while the state government was one of the least affected by the huge drop in federal allocation and has been paying salaries regularly, certain categories of workers and pensioners who did not supply their details on time, were temporarily affected.
The State Government said having gone through physical verification, workers and pensioners have to be subjected  to BVN verification at the Nigerian Interbank Settle System(NIBSS) which is also verifying workers from other states and the Federal Government.

The statement added that  the salaries and pensions of the affected individuals had been warehoused and would be paid to those verified as soon as the exercise was completed.

While urging the affected workers to exercise patience, the government stressed that the verification was necessary to ensure only authentic workers and pensioners who had worked for their wages were paid.

The State Government expressed optimism that expected savings from the verification would enhance its efforts to end the salary crises.

On the issue of Local Government workers, the state government emphasized that cleared workers were paid based on available resources from federation allocation and internal revenue.

It added that the recent decision to prioritize salaries of basic education teachers would bring more relief to the workers.