Stories by UFOMBA UZUEGBU, Asst News Editor
Labour, under the aegis of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has warned that it would call out its members in the Public Service to protest non-payment of the outstanding salary for October and November as well as December.
Giving the warning in Abuja, Thursday, the ASCSN Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, expressed sadness that the Federal Government has not been able to pay thousands of civil servants their October and November 2014 salary.
“As we write, information reaching the union from informed quarters indicates that about 30 Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) will not pay December 2014 salaries to their employees.
“It is very unfortunate that since October 2014, the Federal Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Works, Labour and Productivity as well as a host of other MDAs have not paid salary to their workers,” the Union regretted.
The ASCSN lamented that the reality on ground was that thousands of Civil Servants and their dependants would celebrate this year’s Christmas and New Year in sorrow.
It called on President Goodluck Jonathan to intervene on the matter and ensure that thousands of Civil Servants are paid their October, November and December salary before the festivity so as to put smile on their faces.
The ASCSN called on the Government to use the N9.2 billion earmarked to buy stoves for “rural women” to offset the October and November salary as well as that of December 2014.
“We cannot understand how N9.2 billion would be spent on stoves while workers who toil daily to keep the wheels of Government functioning cannot be paid their meagre salary,” the Union stated.
It recalled that last year more than 40 MDAs could not pay December 2013 salary to their workers and when the Union raised the alarm, Government Officials were quick to deny the development prompting the Association to publish the names of the MDAs that were involved in the non-payment of salary saga.
According to the ASCSN, based on this sad experience of last year, one would have expected that serious steps would have been taken to ensure that the ugly scenario did not repeat itself.
“Unfortunately, we are now back to square one. Workers, to say the least, are very sad as they can no longer meet their immediate needs as a result of refusal of Government to pay them their salaries,” the ASCSN stated.
It urged the Government to pay affected workers their October, November and December salary before Christmas or face the wrath of Nigerian workers.