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Unpaid Salaries: FG orders MDAs to compile names of affected staff for payment

By Victor Ahiuma-Young

ABUJA—The Federal Government has ordered all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to within seven days, compile names of all public service employees owed arrears of salaries and allowances for immediate payment.

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The order is contained in a circular with reference number HCSF/428/S.1/128 dated September 14, 2015 issued by the Presidency on the auspices of the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, OHCSF.

The circular was signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Danlandi I. Kifasi.

Confirming the development, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, stressed the urgent need to compile the names of those being owed to pay them immediately, arguing that the affected workers had been passing through difficult times.

ASCSN Secretary-General, Comrade Bashir Lawal, commended President Buhari for bringing hope to thousands of public employees owed arrears of salaries and allowances for years.

In view of this, all MDAs are to collate these unpaid entitlements which include: Salary arrears, promotion arrears, 1st 28 days allowances on transfer from post, repatriation allowance, burial expenses, death benefits and mandatory training of OHCSF 2010.

Information on each unpaid entitlement should be accurate, verifiable and contain the name, designation, status (serving or retired) and amount due to each officer. The collated information should reach the office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation on or before Monday, September 21, 2015.”

Confirming the development, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, stressed the urgent need to compile the names of those being owed to pay them immediately, arguing that the affected workers had been passing through difficult times.

ASCSN Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, commended President Buhari for bringing hope to thousands of public employees owed arrears of salaries and allowances for years.

According to him, the Circular from the Presidency correctly identified the outstanding benefits as had been canvassed by the union to include: salary arrears, promotion arrears, 1st 28 days allowance on transfer from post, repatriation allowance, burial expenses, death benefits, and mandatory training of  OHCSF in 2010, saying “the Presidency directed the MDAs to ensure that each unpaid entitlement should be accurate, verifiable and contain the name, designation, status, (serving or retired) and amount due to each officer. The correct information should reach the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation on or before Monday September 21, 2015.”

Lawal recalled that in letters written to Mr. President since his assumption of office, the Union reminded him of the outstanding salaries and allowances outlined above and stressed the need for the Government to pay up in order to boost the morale not only of the affected officers but also that of other teeming public service employees.

He expressed “confidence that as soon as the list of affected officers is submitted to the Presidency, the lingering arrears of salaries and allowances would be paid so as to put the ugly situation behind and move forward. We want to warn of dire consequences which may include Trade Union actions if the MDAs decide to play politics with this Presidential directive.”


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