Friday, September 2, 2016

Workers suffering, pay outstanding salaries – Civil servants beg FG

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) on Thursday urged the Federal Government to pay thousands of Federal Civil Servants their outstanding salaries and allowances to stimulate the economy.
The union made the call following complaints by Nigerians, especially civil servants who had not received their promotion arrears.

Mr Bashir Lawal, the Secretary-General of the association, in a statement in Lagos, said that if the arrears of salaries and allowances of thousands of federal workers were paid, it would increase their purchasing power.

“We believe that since these federal Civil Servants and their dependants live in different parts of the country, if these outstanding entitlements are paid, it will have positive ripple effect on the economy.

“There is anger and hunger in the country. We have decided to bring this deplorable situation to the notice of government so that it can take measures to stem the tide by doing the needful,” Lawal said.

He said that while the cost of goods and services had continued to rise astronomically, salaries of workers havd remained static and not even paid in some states for the past six months.

“Since the welfare of the people is the main reason why government exists, we advice the government to look beyond political party affiliation and other primordial affinity.

“We urge the government to assemble patriotic experts that can chart the way forward for the economy,” the union’s scribe said.

He said that if the economic hardship continued, people would feel that the government was insensitive to the plight of its citizens or that it was deliberately impoverishing them. (NAN)

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