FG to Pay Workers’ N293bn Accumulated Benefit Claims

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs.
Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita said that Government is exploring
the option of phased payments of federal civil servants
benefits incurred through service wide staff claims,
particularly those bothering on promotion arrears, first 28
days, repatriation allowance and death benefits, among
others which amounts to about N293bn.
Speaking at a press conference held in her office as part of
the activities marking the 2016 Civil Service Week
Celebration, Oyo-Ita said, President Muhammadu Buhari
had directed the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun
and the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation
to explore ways of making the payments.
She said that Government has not been able to pay the
claims because of the financial challenges presently facing
the country.
The Head of Service stated that the affected workers will
be paid their claims after the conclusion of the phased
payment formula that is being reconciled in collaboration
with the office of the Accountant General of the Federation.
She assured that staff welfare would be addressed from
many fronts, noting that the service was exploring the
possibility of providing bulk payments of rent allowances
for workers within this financial year.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita stated further that a committee set up on
national salary review would sit with the relevant
stakeholders to take a decision on pay rise, adding that
there was no plan to retrench workers, saying “it is cruel to
throw people into the labour market.”

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