Senior Civil Servants Laud Buhari Over Early Salary Payment, Seek Action Over Unpaid Promotion Arrears, Others

ASCSNThe Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, yesterday hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for the payment of salaries of Federal Public Servants by April 25, urging him to ensure that other benefits such as promotion arrears among other allowances owed Federal employees, were settled in good time.
President Buhari had directed the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, OAGF, to ensure that salaries of federal employees are paid by the 24th or 25th of every month, to ameliorate the hardships occasioned by late payment of salaries.
Prior to the presidential directive, federal employees’ salaries used to be delayed till the following month but our correspondent reports that there was massive compliance by the OAGF as a check at various Ministries, Departments and Agencies confirmed that workers started receiving alert of payment of April salary from Monday, 25th.
In a statement, ASCSN Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, expressed joy that the OAGF carried out the directive of Mr. President as April 2016 salaries of federal officers had 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.
ASCSN opined that early payment of salaries would boost the morale of employees and ginger them to improve their productivity and urged the state governments to emulate the Federal Government on early payment of salaries to their workers.
Mr. Lawal, however, appealed to President Buhari to ensure that outstanding salaries, promotion arrears and other allowances owed Federal workers and captured in the 2016 Budget were paid as soon as it was signed into Law.