By Emmanuel Elebeke
Federal Government yesterday debunked reports making round that salaries of civil servants have not been paid.
In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Paul Nwabuikwu, the Minister said the report was false and baseless, saying that salaries of most civil servant have been paid, while plans were on to ensure that the outstanding are paid before the year end.
The Minister was reacting to a recent press reports issued by a group called, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, in which the group claimed that federal government had not been able to pay thousands of civil servants their October and November salaries.
The CME in the statement described the release as a falsehood and distortions about the current status of the payment of federal civil servants and urged the public to disregard them.
‘‘The group is fast earning a reputation as a tool of political groups ready to deploy scurrilous falsehood against the policies and programmes of the Federal Government. It clearly does not represent the interest of the vast majority of hard working and professional civil servants.
‘‘Contrary to the group’s statement, it is absolutely untrue that “government has not been able to pay thousands of civil servants their October and November salaries”.
‘‘As can be confirmed, the overwhelming majority of civil servants are getting their salaries regularly. The true situation, as stated by the CME during the Presentation of the 2015 Budget proposal on Wednesday is that there was a delay in paying the salaries of some civil servants in some ministries due to a technical glitch which affected the IPPIS system through which payments are made,’’ the statement stated.
According to the statement, the delays were also caused by some MDAs using money set aside for salaries to pay allowances without consultation with the Budget Office.
As CME has promised, the CME statement assured that the issues would be resolved and all civil servants get paid their salaries before the end of December.