President Muhammadu Buhari’s government will commence the payment of salary arrears, promotion arrears and other entitlement of civil servants in the country on or before Wednesday, September 20.
According to the Nation, this was part of the four point agreement reached between the government and the association of senior civil servants of Nigeria to avert the proposed strike action by the union.
In a statement signed by Bolaji Adebiyi, permanent secretary in the federal ministry of labour, and national president of the association Bobboi Kaigama.
The statement read: ”Following the seven day ultimatum dated 8th September, 2017 issued by the association of aenior civil servant of Nigeria on the issue of non-payment of salary arrears and other entitlements of public servants especially promotion arrears failing which the association, propose to embark on an industrial action effective from Monday, 18th September, 2017, the minister of labour and employment convened a conciliatory meeting on tuesday 12th September 2017.
”Present at this meeting were all the 40 chapter chairmen of ASCSN branches and their Secretariat led by the President of ASCSN/TUC-Bobboi Bala Kaigama after an extensive deliberation on the issue of Public Servants unpaid promotion arrears and other entitlements.
”At the end of the meeting, it was greed that Government will do all that is needed to ensure the commencement of payment of promotion arrears on or before Wednesday 20th September, 2017.
”It was also agreed that the 30 Ministries, Department & Agencies (MDAs) that the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) reported that have been cleared whose payment bill amounts to 1.165billion naira should start to receive credit of payment by Wednesday 20th September, 2017.
”The OAGF should provide the list of the 30 MDAs that have been cleared to the honourable minister of labour and employment and the association by Wednesday, 13th September, 2017.
”A seven man committee to be chaired by the permanent secretary federal ministry of labour and employment composed of 3 members from the association and 3 from government side to midwife, fine tune and monitor the implementation of these decisions”.