By Victor Ahiuma-Young
A MEETING between officials of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, and leaders of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has resulted to the setting up of a seven man committee to midwife, fine tune and monitor the implementation of efforts at addressing the union’s grievances on the backlog of unpaid arrears to civil servants totaling more than N290billion.
The committee, to be chaired by the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, FML&E, is composed of three members from the Association and three from Government.
A communiqué signed by Bobboi Bala Kaigama, President of ASCSN and Bolaji Adebiyi, Permanent Secretary FML&E, said: “Following the seven day ultimatum dated September 8, 2017 issued by the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria on the issue of non-payment of salary arrears and other entitlements of public servants especially promotion arrears failing which the Association proposed to embark on an industrial action effective from Monday, September 18, 2017, the Minister of Labour and Employment convened a conciliatory meeting on September 12, 2017.
Present at this meeting were all the 40 Chapter Chairmen of ASCSN branches and their Secretariat led by the President of ASCSN/TUC-Bobboi Bala Kaigama. After an extensive deliberation on the issue of Public Servants’ unpaid promotion arrears and other entitlements, the following decisions were reached:
- Government will do all that is needed to ensure the commencement of payment of promotion arrears on or before Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
- The 30 Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) reported that have been cleared whose payment bill amounts to 1.165billion naira should start to receive credit of payment by Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
- The OAGF should provide the list of the 30 MDAs that have been cleared to the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment and the Association by Wednesday, September 13, 2017.