The federal government of Nigeria has disclosed that it would soon commence the payment of outstanding allowances for workers in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the country.
The disclosure was made on Monday by Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of civil service of the federation, at a news conference to mark the 2017 civil service week in Abuja.
The 2017 theme of the week is “Entrenching a Citizen-Centred Service Delivery Culture; Partnering with the youth for Africa’s Transformation”.
She averred that issue of the payment of claims and arrears of Civil servants is also on the front burner.
She said: “The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has been directed to issue circulars to MDAs to submit their claims for direct payment.”
“The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has equally directed the Budget Office of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance to put in place modalities for the settlement of other outstanding allowances.
“The measures, proposed by the Minister for Finance, have been approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC) and very soon we hope this will be an issue of the past.”
Oyo-Ita said that the present administration had confidence in the Civil Service, contrary to insinuations and criticisms against it.
She added: “The Acting President unequivocally stated that Nigeria has the best and most educated Civil Service in Africa.”
“You will all agree that Nigerians have excelled in every field of human endeavor. We should be proud. The civil service is no exception.
“There are people who have given their entire lives for the Service of this nation and today we celebrate them.”