Labour hails Buhari on payment of salary, demands promotion arrears


Elated that salaries of Federal Public Servants have been paid by April 25, the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari, for the development.
It also enjoined him to ensure that Promotion Arrears and other Allowances owed Federal employees are settled in good time.
It would be recalled that for some months now, payment of salaries of Federal Workers have been delayed and that prompted President Buhari to direct the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) to ensure that salaries are paid by the 24th or 25th of every month.
In  a statement issued in Lagos weekend, the ASCSN National President, Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and the Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, expressed joy that the OAGF carried out the directive of Mr. President as April 2016 salaries of Federal Officers have been paid.
‘‘We commend Mr. President for this directive and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation for carrying it out.
“It is our hope that the OAGF has put necessary machinery in place to sustain the payment schedule and not to relapse to the old ways after few months,” the Union stated.
The ASCSN posited that early payment of salaries would boost the morale of Federal employees and ginger them to improve their productivity.
It, therefore, urged the State Governments to emulate the Federal Government on early payment of salaries to their workers.
The ASCSN also urged President Buhari to ensure that outstanding salaries, promotion arrears and other allowances owed Federal workers and captured in the 2016 Budget are paid as soon as it is signed into Law.
It emphasized the need for Mr. President to prevail on the Federal Lawmakers not to remove the vote meant for the settlement of these outstanding benefits to workers from the Budget because if that happened, it is the Presidency that would be blamed by Nigerians.
“And so, the Presidency should persuade the lawmakers to allow the N465 billions voted for workers welfare in the 2016 Budget to stand because anything short of that is capable of pitching the workers and their trade unions against the Federal Government,” the Union added.
The ASCSN accordingly urged Mr. President to continue in his effort to revive the economy and make life more meaningful for millions of hapless Nigerians.


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