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FG owes embassies officials 3-month salaries

By Funmi Komolafe & Emma Ujah

Officials of Nigerian embassies are being owed  at least three month salaries, according to an  investigation, by Sunday Vanguard.

It was gathered that the delay in salary payment has been a common practice but the situation may have been compounded by the absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua from his duty post.

It was learnt that even before the President took ill, payment of salaries to embassy officials had always been late but with his  absence, no salary has been paid as payment  in foreign currency requires presidential approval.

An officer told Sunday Vanguard that his family had been given a quit notice in his rented apartment and he has not been able to meet his other commitments including his car insurance.

“ At this time, with the cold winter in Europe, how does the government want us to cope.  We are unable to pay our children’s school fees and the children are usually booked for boarding public transport without paying their fares”, he said.

The officer said, “ please help us appeal to the government to save us and our families from poverty”.

The diplomat said, a senior officer who left for Nigeria to work on the release of funds has been here since December and is unable to get any money released for the payment of staff salaries and other allowances from the ministry of foreign affairs and the ministry of finance.

Diplomats serving outside their country are not allowed to engage in any other form of work, hence they depend on salaries or allowances from the ministry of foreign affairs.


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