Stories by Udo Onyeka
….Over N37bn Saved From Measure Taken Plug leakages
The Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. Ahmed Idris has reassured civil servants in the Country of the commitment of Office of the Accountant –General of the Federation to the continued payment of promotion arrears owed Federal civil servants as directed by the President.
Idris gave this assurance recently 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.
The Nation’s Treasurer, revealed that following Mr. President’s directive that N10 billion be set aside monthly, commencing from May 2017 to offset backlog of Promotion Arrears, that the OAGF inaugurated an in-house committee to verify MDAs’ claims and submissions.
According to him “the Committee has saved over N37 billion from misapplications, paddings, mistakes and non-compliance by MDAs to the agreed template. 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 part of the agreement reached with Association in order to ensure industrial harmony.
He commended the leadership of the Association of Senior Civil Servants for their understanding and support in the implementation of government plans and programmes, saying without industrial harmony no meaningful development can be achieved.
The AGF equally commended the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation’s arm of the Association for their understanding and support assuring them of his continued commitment to improving the welfare of the Staff through the implementation of 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, extolled the leadership qualities of Mr. Ahmed Idris, saying he had displayed professionalism in managing the Nation’s Treasury.
“ We as a Union, that Unionizes Senior Staff in public service is proud of your achievements and contribution to nation building at this level” Comrade Bola Audu emphasized.
He however informed the AGF that their 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 DG Budget Office is leading to delay in the continued payment of the arrears.
Comrade Bola Audu explained that failure of the Government to continue to honour the agreement signed in May 2017, may lead to industrial unrest.