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FG stalls salaries of 5,000 civil servants over discrepancies

BY Janefrances Chibundu

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Tommy Okon, national president, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCSN), says over 5,000 federal civil servants may not receive their December salary.

Okon said the affected workers are those who have discrepancies in their dates of first appointment and birth.

The national president made this known on Tuesday while addressing journalists in Abuja.

He said the union was working with the head of civil service of the federation to resolve the issues.

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Okon added that the names of the affected workers have been forwarded to their directors of human resources for confirmation.

“The physical verification exercise of the ‘17,000’ core civil servants who were delisted from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System was concluded in October 2023 and those involved were in high spirit, waiting for their monthly salary, which was stopped since September 2023 to be restored,” Okon said.

“As of today, only those who had earlier completed their verification exercise but were mistakenly delisted have had their salaries restored while 5,000 of civil servants still have discrepancies on their date of first appointment and dates of birth.”

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The ASCSN president said 2,772 workers have been successfully reinstated to the payroll after concluding their online and physical verification exercises.

Okon urged the affected workers to be patient, promising that the union is doing everything within the ambit of the law to ensure that the issues are resolved promptly.

“A total of 2,772 have been verified and forwarded to IPPIS for payment because there were no issues. The names of 5,000 workers who have discrepancies are to be forwarded to their DHR for confirmation,” he added.

“There are six teams working tirelessly to ensure that the exercise is completed on time.

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“It is advisable for public servants to develop the habit of checking the HOS website for regular updates.

“We have confirmed that the salary for the month of November 2023 is concluded, therefore, those affected will not be able to get their salary for the month of November.

“However, the effort is being made by the HOSF to ensure that those cleared will get their salaries for December 2023 including the arrears from September.”

Okon urged the federal government to speed up actions to ensure that the December salaries of civil servants working to be restored into the payroll is not delayed.

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“We appeal to the Federal Government through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to expedite action to ensure that the salary of December is not delayed,” Okon said.

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