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Salaries: APC Govs Lied, Says FG

Again, APC Governors Caught In The Web Of Lies Over True Position Of April Salaries Of Federal Government Workers

The Federal Government yesterday debunked the statement that it was yet to pay public servants their April salaries, saying there is no iota of truth in the statement, which it said was put forward by certain governors to misinform the public. Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors forum, Mr. Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, had on Tuesday, stated that the outgoing Federal Government had ruined the economy, adding that the fact that it was yet to pay April salaries showed how unhealthy the economy was. “One of the issues that became of concern to all of us is the state of the Nigerian economy which is really in bad shape.

We have come to notify the incoming president of the challenges ahead of him,” Okorocha said when the governors visited President-elect Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja. “As it stands, most states of the federation have not been able to pay salaries and even the Federal Government has not paid April salary and that is very worrisome. But debunking the claim yesterday in a statement signed by Paul Nwabuikwu, Special Adviser to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said the governor’s pronouncement was false and misleading as staff salaries at the federal level are up-to-date because workers have received their April salaries.

“This is to clarify the misinformation put forward by certain governors to the effect that Federal workers are being owed salaries. “This is incorrect. Staff salaries at the Federal level are up to date; workers have received their April salaries,” said the statement. The Federal Government also asserted that certain statements are trying to blame the federal authorities for their inabilities to fulfil their obligations, a situation which it blamed on imprudent management of their resource allocations. “Regarding difficulties in salary payment, certain governors are trying to blame the Federal for their predicament. This is wrong. They had been told through the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) to prioritize salaries but chose not to do so, hence the backlog that some states are experiencing”, the Minister said. “The 50 percent drop in revenues simply means that salaries should be prioritized. The Federal Government should not be blamed for avoidable mistakes made at state level”, it added.

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