Staffers of the Federal Ministry of Finance Abuja today shutdown the ministry and called for the sack of the minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun over the none payment of their allowances and entitlements since November 2015 when the minister assumed office
This is the reaction from the Ministry of Finance through its Director of Information SALISU NA’INNA DAMBATTA
The Management wishes to state as follows:
i. The payment of what the protesting staff called a Special Overtime (SOT), was stopped by the last administration in 2014 on the ground that it was not listed in any extant government Circular, Financial Regulations or the Public Service Rules;
ii. The sum of N1.2 billion computed by the staff union for payment could not have been budgeted for in 2016 in the first place, not only because of the paucity of funds, but also the fact that the SOT allowance was not part of the remuneration in the Federal Public Service; and
iii. The Federal Ministry of Finance, the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Budget Office of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, do not individually or collectively, owe any of their personnel their salaries.
In view of the foregone, the Management of the Federal Ministry of Finance wishes to categorically state that the protests have no justifiable grounds.