AGF Assures On Payment Of Promotion Arrears To Civil Servants, Says Over N37bn Saved From MDAS

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BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris, has reassured civil servants in the country of the commitment of the 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.
Mr. Idris gave this assurance in Abuja when he played host to the National Executive of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria who were on a courtesy visit recently.
The nation’s Treasurer revealed that, following Mr. President’s directive that N10 billion be set aside monthly commencing from May 2017, to offset the backlog of promotion arrears, his office had inaugurated an in-house committee to verify MDAs’ claims and submissions.
According to him, “the Committee has saved over N37 billion from misapplications, padding, mistakes and non-compliance by MDAs to the agreed template, and so far, the committee has paid out the sum of N42 billion, out of the N55 billion released leaving an outstanding of N13 billion in cash while a total of N35 billion is yet to be released to the office.”
Furthermore, the AGF 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 own 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 for its understanding and support in the implementation of government plans and programmes, saying that without industrial harmony no meaningful development can take place.
The AGF equally commended the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation’s arm of the Association for its understanding and support, assuring members of his continued commitment to improving the welfare of staff through the implementation of the people-oriented programme.
Earlier, the National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, (ASCSN), represented by the National Vice President, Comrade Bola Audu Innocent, had extolled the leadership quality of Mr. Ahmed Idris, saying he had displayed uncommon professionalism in managing the Nation’s Treasury.
“We, as a body that unionizes the senior staff in public service, is proud of your achievements and contributions to nation building at this level,” Comrade Bola Audu enthused, informing the AGF that his members’ visit was necessitated by recent developments from the payment of outstanding promotion salaries and other arrears owed civil servants in the public service, “where the association understood that concerns raised by the DG, Budget Office, is leading to delay in the continued payment of the arrears,” warning that failure of the government to continue to honour the agreement signed in May 2017, may lead to industrial unrest.

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