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Controversy trails payment of Federal workers’ April salaries

By Nduka Chiejina on May, 7 2015

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Controversy yesterday trailed claims that Federal workers’ salaries have been paid up-to-date following reports that the Federal Government borrowed N473 billion to effect payment this year.

It started with a statement from the Federal Ministry of Finance that “staff salaries at the Federal level are up to date; workers have received their April salaries.”

The statement by the Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Paul Nwabuikwu, dismissed allegations by some state governors that Federal workers are being owed salaries. He described such allegations as incorrect. According to Nwabuikwu, “regarding difficulties in salary payment, certain governors are trying to blame the Federal Government for their predicament. This is wrong.”

He said state governors “had been told through the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) to prioritise salaries, but chose not to do so; hence the backlog that some states are experiencing.”

 The 50 per cent drop in revenues, Nwabuikwu added, “simply means that salaries should be prioritsed by the states and the Federal Government should not be blamed for avoidable mistakes made at state level.”

But, as at the time of writing this report, investigations revealed that not all federal ministries and agencies have received their April salaries.

According to investigations, workers of Universal Basic Education Board (UBEB), National Environmental Standard and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the Code of Conduct Bureau among others told The Nation they have not been paid their April salaries.

Employees of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) and the Federal Ministry of Defence have, however, received their April salaries.

In an interview with The Nation yesterday, a state Commissioner of Finance confirmed that the continued drop in the monthly allocations from FAAC was affecting federal, states and local governments’ abilities to meet their financial obligations, especially payment of workers’ salaries.

She added that the drop in revenue to the Federation Account has been a source of heated debate at the monthly FAAC meetings with the states, urging the Federal Government to come clean on the state of the economy or device an acceptable means of boosting revenue to ensure that basic financial obligations are met.

Source: The Nation


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