In line with the present
administration’s commitment to
permanently resolve the lingering
issue of unpaid salary arrears and
allowances of public servants, the
Federal Government through the
office of the Accountant General
of the Federation has set aside the
sum of Ten Billion Naira for the
payment of promotion arrears.
This was disclosed recently in
a meeting, held in furtherance
of the directive of the Federal
Executive Council which had
in attendance, the Minister of
Labour and Employment, Sen.
Chris Ngige, Minister of Budget
and National Planning, Sen. Udo
Udoma, Minister of Finance, Mrs.
Kemi Adeosun and the Head of
the Civil Service of the Federation,
Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.
In the meeting, it was also
revealed that a disbursement
of the sum of N14.6 Billion had
earlier been done in early 2017
to take care of the salary arrears
arising from the shortfalls in the
2016 budget.
While displaying the Federal
Government determination
to clear all arrears such as
outstanding allowances on
promotion, twenty-eight days
relocation, repatriation, training,
burial expenses and death benefits
to public servants, it was noted
at the meeting that government’s
decision was anchored on a clear
understanding that clearing these
arrears forms part of the palliative
measures being taken to cushion
the harsh economic realities on the
public servants.
“The office of the Accountant
General of the Federation was
already processing the sum of Ten
Billion Naira for the payment of
promotion arrears with modalities
for payment being worked
out to make sure that wrong
persons are not paid this first
olive-waving step of the Federal
Government. It similarly noted
that a disbursement of the sum
of N14.6 Billion had earlier been
done in early 2017 to take care of
the salary arrears arising from the
shortfalls in the 2016 budget.
Also in the meeting were the
Director General of the Budget
Office, Mr. Ben Akabuze, Mrs.
Batagarawa, the Permanent
Secretary in the Office of Head
of Service who represented Mrs.
Oyo-Ita and the representative of
the Minister of Finance
It will be recalled that the
Association of Senior Civil
Servants of Nigeria had earlier
issued fourteen day strike notice
on the Federal Government over
the issue. The ultimatum ended
on 30th/05/2017.
Nigerian Pilot reports that
the Minister of Labour and
Employment, Senator Chris
Ngige has since been engaged in
many marathon meetings with
the leadership of the Trade Union
Congress led by its President,
Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama
and the Nigerian Labour Congress
led by its President Comrade
Ayuba Wabba in the last one week
on the issue.

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