By Emmanuel Elebeke
The federal government yesterday said it had saved over N37 billion from misapplications, mistakes and non-compliance by MDAs to the agreed template.
The Accountant-General of the Federation, OAGF, Mr Ahmed Idris, disclosed this when he hosted the National Executive of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, who paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
He reassured civil servants in the country of the commitment of Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, to the continued payment of promotion arrears owed Federal civil servants in line with Mr President’s directives.
The nation’s Treasurer revealed that following Mr President’s directive that N10 billion be set aside monthly, from May 2017 to offset backlog of promotion arrears, that an in-house committee had been inaugurated by the OAGF to verify MDAs’ claims and submissions.
According to him, the committee had paid N42 billion, out of the N55 billion released, leaving an outstanding of N13 billion in cash, while N35 billion was yet to be released to the office.
The OAGF promised that he will bring the concerns of the association to the notice of the Minister of Finance and will also dialogue with the Director-General Budget Office, to ensure that Government continues to keep its part of the agreement reached with the association in order to ensure industrial harmony.
He commended the leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, for their understanding and support in the implementation of government plans and programmes, saying without industrial harmony no meaningful development can be achieved.
Earlier, President of ASCSN, represented by the National Vice President, Bola Audu Innocent, extolled the leadership qualities of Mr Ahmed Idris, saying he had displayed professionalism in managing the Nation’s Treasury.
“We as a Union, that Unionizes Senior Staff in public service is proud of your achievements and contribution to nation building at this level,” Audu said