FG to pay N10 billion civil servants’ promotion arrears

FG to pay N10 billion civil servants’ promotion arrears

According to reports, the federal government had declared readiness to pay N10billion promotion arrears of civil servants on its payroll.

This is contained in a statement by Samuel Olowookere, Deputy Director (Press), Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The statement said this was outcome of a meeting attended by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige; the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma; the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita.

The ministry explained that the development was in compliance with the directive by the government that outstanding allowances on promotion, 28 days relocation, repatriation, training, burial expenses and death benefits to public servants be paid.

The statement said “The meeting stated that the Federal Government, through the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, was already processing the sum of N10bn 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 stated that a sum of N14.6bn had earlier been disbursed in early 2017 to cater to the salary arrears arising from the shortfalls in the 2016 budget.

The ministry said government’s decision was anchored on a clear understanding that clearing the arrears formed part of the palliative measures being taken to cushion the harsh economic realities affecting the public servants.

It added that Ngige had been engaged in many meetings with the leadership of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) led by its President, Bobboi Kaigama and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) led by its President, Ayuba Wabba, in the last one week over the issue.

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria had issued a 14-day strike notice, whose ultimatum ended on May 30, 2017, over the issue.

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