FG Denies Owing Civil Servants Salaries

oil marketersThe Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has refuted claims that the Federal Government of Nigeria is owing civil servants salaries.

In a statement signed by her Special Assistant on Media, Paul Nwabiukwu, the Minister clarified “the misinformation put forward by certain governors to the effect that Federal workers were being owed salaries”.

“This is incorrect. Staff salaries at the Federal level are up to date; workers have received their April salaries,” the statement said.

The Minister further noted that “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 prioritizse salaries but chose not to do so, hence the backlog that some states are experiencing.

“The 50 per cent drop in revenues simply means that salaries should be prioritised”, she added.

She also warned that “the Federal Government should not be blamed for avoidable mistakes made at state level”.

The Chairman of the Progressives Forum and Imo State Governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, had on Tuesday, during a meeting of the forum and the President-elect, urged retired General Muhammadu Buhari to prioritise the payment of salaries when his administration begins after the May 29 swearing in.

According to Okorocha, the non-payment of April salaries by the Federal Government was a clear indication that the economy was not in good shape.

“We must admit that Nigeria’s economy is in a bad shape and it is obvious that most governors will not be able to pay the salaries of workers in their states. There is no magic for any governor to pay salary under this present situation.

“We hope to present it to the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, as one of those challenges the states and Federal Governments are facing in terms of payment of salaries. It has become obvious that both governments may not pay April and May salaries.

“We have an incoming president who will inherit an almost empty treasury. The situation paints bold pictures of the challenges we have ahead of us. The truth is the state of our economy is in very bad shape which we need to discuss with the President-elect, make some projections with him and see how we can move the country forward,” he lamented.

FG Releases Guideline For Payment Of N45 Billion To Oil Marketers

Nigeria's Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview in Abuja
Nigeria’s Finance Minister Okonjo-Iweala speaks during an interview in Abuja

The Federal Ministry of Finace has released a guideline for the payment of oil marketers in the country, a statement by the Special Adviser ot the Finance Minister on Media, Paul Nwabiukwu said on Wednesday.

The statement, which noted that the ministry has “received several enquiries regarding the status of payments to oil marketers for fuel imports”, urged marketers to “note the following”

“Only marketers whose claims have been cleared after they have gone through the verification processes are paid. This is to ensure that the unpleasant experiences of the recent past with regard to wrong and irregular payments are not repeated.

“The process for the latest batch of payments totalling N45 billion is currently on and the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) has confirmed that some marketers who have submitted letters of indemnity to the OAGF have already been paid. Other claims are being attended to.

“The letters of indemnity are an additional requirement for payment because banks which financed imports by some marketers had written to the OAGF through their lawyers to complain that their clients (the marketers) are making interest payments through other banks contrary to the terms of agreements reached. The banks in question are insisting that the interest payments be made through them since they granted the facilities that attracted the interest.

“To ensure that the Federal Government is not held liable in the event of any litigation between these banks and their marketer-customers, the OAGF has instituted the new procedure.

“It is important to note that subsidy payments are made retroactively because claims must go through all the necessary processes before they are approved and paid”, it said.

The statement further added that “government will continue to discharge its obligations to marketers whose claims are approved”.

 

 

 

FG blames indicted oil marketers of orchestrating planned strike

The Federal Government has alleged that oil marketers planning to embark on a nationwide strike action are those who have been indicted by the Aig-Imoukhuede’s report on fuel subsidy payments.

Long queues have emerged at petrol stations in the FCT.

The allegation was made in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Paul C. Nwabiukwu, on Wednesday, which claimed the federal government has stopped paying the indicted oil marketers.

The statement said “it is clear that the strike was instigated mainly by marketers who were indicted by the Aig-Imoukhuede Committee which investigated fuel subsidy payments.”

The statement further said that the federal government has stopped payments of oil marketers that were penciled down for investigation “However, the claims by marketers who have been recommended for further investigation by the Aig-Imoukhuede Presidential Committee have not been paid”.

The statement also called on Nigerians not to be deceived “by their antics”.

It also highlighted the federal government’s zero tolerance to corrupt persons and organisations.

“The Federal Government is determined to ensure that persons and organisations which did the wrong things do not get away with wrong actions and wrong behavior”.

Corroborating the claim, Minister of state for Finance, Dr. Yerima Ngama said that a total of N42 billion has been paid to 31 one oil marketers as subsidy payments.

“In all, between April and August this year, in respect of 2012 PMS claims, Sovereign Debt Notes amounting to N42.666 billion have been issued to 31 oil marketers”.

The minister was speaking after the monthly Federations Account Allocation Committee meeting in Abuja.

Dr. Ngama said that the intention of the indicted oil marketers is to blackmail government and avoid sanctions on crimes committed.

He further stated that the sum of N522 billion is to be distributed to the Federal, State and Local government areas for the month of July.