By Victor Ahiuma-Young
LAGOS — FEDERAL senior civil servants have threatened to down tools over unpaid salary arrears, appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct immediate payment of their backlog of salaries and allowances. The workers said their patience had been overstretched.
Speaking through their umbrella body, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, the workers said the current state of affairs in the country, where sufferings had been lifted to a frightening level, was the time to settle the arrears to calm all frayed nerves and restore normalcy in the system.
Addressing delegates at ASCSN National Delegates Conference, NDC, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, outgoing President of the body, Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, said: “You will recall that in one of our correspondences to President Buhari before his inauguration, we did set out an agenda for him towards moving the nation forward.
“One of the items on the agenda is the settlement of all outstanding salaries and allowances owed workers throughout the federation. When the issue of bailout was, therefore, announced by the government, we heaved a sigh of relief thinking the arrangement will cover public officers in the various Ministries Departments and Agencies, MDAs, both at the federal and state levels.”