The Federal Government has given explanations as to why staff of some federal agencies are yet to receive their November salaries
Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, said this is because the affected agencies have exhausted their budgetary allocations.
She told State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, that some agencies such as the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, who have not paid their staff November salaries, have exhausted their budgetary allocations and the system has shut them down.
Ms. Adeosun, however, said the shortfall was included in the virement recently approved by the National Assembly.
She said her Ministry “only received the advice on the virement on Monday” and that it was being loaded to the system after which the agencies will get back online on the payment portal.
Giving further reasons on why the agencies ran out of funds, Ms. Adeosun said some of the agencies employed additional staff without updating the Finance Ministry on time, adding that agencies should inform her ministry in time so that necessary measures will be taken.
Following the non-payment of salaries, some officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps on Tuesday, threatened to obtain bribes the same way policemen extort money from motorists if they are not paid their November salaries and allowances before Christmas.
The officials, said the Federal Government had refused to offer any explanation for the non-payment, describing the situation as unfortunate, because they had been asked to work during the holidays as part of the ‘ember months’ campaign.
Last week, the Federal Government cleared the air on what seemed like a short-payment in the salaries of some Federal Civil Servants for the month of November, 2016.
The Director of Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) , Mr. Murtala Oluwatoyin explained that the perceived shortfall was occasioned by the implementation of the directive of the Joint Tax Board on the payment of income tax, to which had been communicated to the MDAs since 2012, to ensure that correct taxes are paid by the workers.