Save Our Jobs: 153 Civil Servants Whose Salaries Were Stopped Cry Out

By Ikenga Chronicles November 3, 2016

Save Our Jobs: 153 Civil Servants Whose Salaries Were Stopped Cry Out

153 Civil servants from the Federal Ministry of Environment have cried out over the sudden decision by the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) to stop paying them their salaries. This information was revealed when the disgruntled workers created a Twitter handle @153civilservants_ng to draw attention to this development.

According to information made available on the handle, the decision to stop the payment of their salaries was due to what the OAGF called “unauthorized and irregular recruitment”. The instruction that the OAGF should stop paying them, the group said, came from the office of the chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission (FCSC);

“The Chairman, FCSC has directed OAGF to stop payment of salaries of names of innocent officers given employment letters in 2014”

The group however insists that their employment was not unauthorized or irregular, and that “due authentication and verification of employment” was carried out, and captured in the IPPIS platform after which they began to receive salaries.

“We followed the due process in securing civil service appointments and as such should not be held responsible for any lapses in the system”

The group explained that after they got the information that they were “unauthorized and irregular recruitment”, they made frantic efforts to reach out to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, and the Association of Senior Civil Servants to try and resolve the issue seeing as they had already taken confirmation exams, but no one was willing to talk to them;

” No one has been talking to us, no one has been honoring our invitations. Just for our salaries to be stopped last month”

Noteworthy also is the fact 13 out of the number initially described as “irregular and unauthorized” recruitment have been recalled and integrated, while the others are still left out, thus pointing to a possible nepotism.

“It is highly unfair that we’re being victimized. We also got hold of a letter from the Permanent Secretary exempting 13 officers from amongst us.”

The group is therefore calling on the government to intervene and resolve the issue. According to them, they have all of the documents they used for the initial verification and will be willing to undergo another verification if necessary.

Meanwhile, some of the 153 were being owed five months salaries before the decision to stop their salaries altogether.

In this period of recession, it seems extremely inhuman to compound the problems of Civil Servants who are only making sacrifices for the good of the country.

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