Federal Government has deducted as high as 50% cuts in the November salaries of civil servants in ministries, departments and parastatals of government.
While some civil servants could not ascertain how much they had been shortchanged, others were said to record as high as 50% cuts in their salaries.
FG 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.
These huge deductions without any fore-warning has left civil servants lamenting especially at a time like this given the current economic recession and preparations for the yuletide season.
The affected civil servants have called on the accountant-general of the federation to immediately look into the matter as well as to the president for help.
LEADERSHIP reports that 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’ reads; “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 staff”.
A Staff of the Ministry of Justice confirmed this development saying a deduction of over N40,000 was made, while a CBN Staff also affirms that his salary was cut by half.
Reports reveal 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.
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Recall that in May, the Federal Government announced plans to cut salaries stating that the N165 billion paid to Federal Government workers per month was over-rated and no longer sustainable by the government.