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Finance Minister To Protesting Workers: I Can’t Pay You N1.2 Billion

Finance workers protestThe minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun has made it clear to workers of her ministry who went on peaceful protest Monday morning that she can’t pay them the N1.2 Billion they demanded.
She said that N1.2 billion as computed by the staff union for payment could not have been budgeted for in 2016 in the first place because of the paucity of funds.
A statement by the Director Information, Salisu Na’Inna Dambatta quoted Adeosun as saying that she could not pay the allowance because it is not part of the remuneration in the Federal Public Service.
“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.
“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.”
The statement confirmed that the protest was carried out jointly by some staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the Budget Office of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, “to back a demand for the payment of an unofficial allowance totaling N1.2 billion.” [myad]