Friday, 2 December 2016

Federal Government Slashes November Salaries of Civil Servants Amidst Recession

The salaries of Federal civil servants for
the month of November has been slashed
by the Federal Government following some
Civil servants in ministries, departments
and paratatals of government have decried
the huge deductions on their November
salaries without any fore-warning.
This is even as they lamented the
increasing prices of goods and services
amidst the crisis of economic recession
which has overwhelmed the administration
of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Leadership findings revealed that the
National Agency for Food and Drug
Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and
the Public Complain Commission last
month were respectively under lock and
key as a result of payment of half salaries
while many others joined in November.
While some were said to record as high as
50% cuts, others could not ascertain how
much they had been shortchanged.
Speaking on grounds of anonimity, a staff
of Voice of Nigeria (VON) lamented that
they only learnt of the salary cut when an
internal memory dated November 30, 2016
was made available to them on Wednesday.
The memo addressed by the HOF to all
staff, titled: ‘Reduction in November 2016
Salary’ stated that ‘we received the Payroll
report for the Month of November 2016
from IPPIS and observed there is a drastic
reduction in the Net Pay of Voice of Nigeria
On further enquiry, it was discovered that
the reasons for the deductions are as stated
The memo made available to Leadership
blamed the deductions on tax, pensions
and national housing funds which were all
formerly based on consolidated fund but
had all affected staff gross salaries for
November, 2016.
Another level 14 Cadre officer who spoke
with a correspondent on grounds of
anonymity said“when I got the alert, I
could not figure what was wrong, I just
realised my salary was short with over
N10,000. I wonder what those on level 7/8
will go home with at this time”
She laments that this is so sad, “At a time
we are crying for increase, how can they
be slashing? Things are so expensive and
it’s most worrisome to have the little we
have be toyed with”,she lamented.
Another Staff of the Ministry of Justice
revealed that she got her alert on
November 29 and realised a deduction of
over N40,000 was made.
I don’t understand what is happening she
A CBN Staff also told a reporter that his
salary was cut by half.
The affected staff have called on the
accountant-general of the federation to
immediately look into the matter even as
they called out to the president for help.
See the scanned copy of the circular