- Federal civil servants in Nigerian have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike action over non-payment of their N200 billion salaries and emoluments
- The association said the strike would begin if the federal government fails to address the issue
- The workers also said that the fund approved by the National Assembly for the payment of workers salary arrears have been channeled to some unknown projects
Federal civil servants in Nigerian have resolved to embark on an indefinite strike action over non-payment of their N200 billion salaries and emoluments, Premium Times reports.
The workers under the aegis of The Association of Senior Civil Servants (ASCSN) said the strike would go on if the federal government fails to address the issue.
The executive council of the association during a meeting on Thursday, May 4, said the protest will carried out at the ministry of finance and budget office.
NAIJ.com gathered that the association said it believed these government organizations are sabotaging the directives of President Muhammadu Buhari on funds release.
Speaking on the matter, Ojemhenka Isaac, ASCSN's secretary for Federal Capital Territory Chapter said, the fund approved by the National Assembly for the payment of workers salary arrears have been channeled to some unknown projects.
Confirming the resolution, the President of ASCSN bala Kaigama who doubles as the president of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the association, the union and the Nigerian Labour Congress would collaborate to carry out the strike action.
“Yes, the picketing would be done and I will lead it because this thing has taken so long. The idea of the payment of arrears of promotions, death benefits, first 28 days, started as soon as the President was sworn in.” Kaigama said.
“We wrote to Mr. President, he responded positively and then directed the office of the Head of Service to sit with us and work out the details. The details were worked out through the MDAs and our representatives at the MDA level and submissions were made to the Office of the Head of Service.
“That was done, then the National Assembly approved a virement but a chunk of the money was earmarked for the settlement of part of these arrears. But today, the explanation they are giving us is that the virement approved by the National Assembly has lapsed; that it is only capital projects that it (virement) can accommodate, it cannot accommodate overhead.
“In fact, except if the National Assembly intervenes now, there is a tendency that even this year’s budget may not capture these issues. And that is why we have decided that enough is enough. We are going to picket where we know the problems are.
“Mr President has directed; the delay we have now is between Finance and Budget. So, if we picket these offices, somebody must come out to tell us the truth so that the whole world will know where the problem is; and on this we stand,” he said.
He further said that necessary plans haven been put in place with involves all relevant union and association for the planned strike action.
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