Despite the graduation of the indefinite strike action launched into by the Organised labour, the Accountant-Common of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris has restated his dedication to pay salaries of all workers on the Federal Government payroll despite the on-going Labour strike.
The AGF gave this dedication as we speak whereas talking to Newsmen on the Treasury Home in Abuja.
“We have now a standing order from Mr. President to pay workers salaries from the 25th of each month, which we now have striven laborious to fulfill to Nigerian workers and this month is not going to be an exception” mentioned the AGF.
Ahmed nevertheless mentioned that the cost of salaries can’t be achieved in an environment the place the crucial stakeholders are usually not allowed entry to their workplaces. “I need to clarify that wage cost includes plenty of processes that don’t start and finish with the OAGF.
There are different crucial stakeholders just like the Money Administration Division in Ministry of Finance and others who’re supposed to do their beat earlier than we will finalise”, Mr Idris mentioned.
“On coming to the workplace this morning we met the gates of the workplace locked and questioned how we will hold this promise if we’re being locked out of the workplace. After talking with the native arm of the Labour within the workplace on the necessity to pay salaries, they conceded to permit me and a few of my workers in however the Gates are nonetheless locked. I due to this fact attraction to labour to open our gates in order that we will have unhindered entry to meet their wants”.
The AGF additional appealed to the Nationwide Management of Labour to rethink their stand on the on-going strike saying that the Federal Government beneath President Muhammadu Buhari greater than ever has demonstrated excessive dedication in direction of assembly the welfare of the Nigerian Workers.
He due to this fact enumerated among the very salient actions the current Government has up to now undertaken to enhance the welfare of the workers to embrace:-
i. the cost of over N50 billion for Promotion arrears from 2012 – 2016;
ii. the approval of one other N60 Biilion for the cost of Wage Arrears with impact from 2011 -2016;
iii. the President’s current approval of N22.68 Billion for the cost of pension Arrears to the retirees of the defunct Nigeria Airways workers which has been excellent for over 14 years;
iv. the President’s approval of N20 billion to meet ASSU’s demand for infrastructure improvement in each Federal and State Universities;
v. the Federal Government coverage of Non-retrenchment of workers ;
vi. Provision of jobs for the teaming Nigerian unemployed youths, particularly: the recruitment of over 10,000 Policemen; recruitment by the Military, Navy and Air power; recruitment by the para-army such because the Fireplace Service, Immigration, Nigeria Jail Service , Federal Highway Security Corps and the Nigeria Safety and Civil Defence Corps;
vii. Appointment into Varied Ministries, Departments and Companies;
viii. the cost of salaries to Federal Government Workers as at when due, in addition to promotion of workers as at when due.