Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation

Nigerian Government committed to harmonising workers’ salaries, says Head of Service

*Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, discloses the Federal Government is committed to reviewing and re-aligning the salaries of workers in the government Ministries, Departments and Agencies

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Determined to review and re-align the earnings of workers in government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), has reassured stakeholders, that the Federal Government is committed to harmonising salaries of workers in the public sector of the Nigerian economy.

Dr. Yemi-Esan disclosed this at a press conference to commemorate the 2021 Civil Service Week Thursday, June 24 in Abuja, FCT, agency report stated.

It was gathered the Federal Government had mandated the Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages to review and realign the earnings of workers in the Federal Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies.

A section of the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, FCT

The government noted that the aim of the exercise is to check disparity in salaries and wages, and reduce cost of governance accordingly.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation said government had set up a subcommittee to reconsider the importance of carrying out the process.

Yemi-Esan stated: “We have had two meetings since then and we’ve been given just a month to submit the report to the larger committee, so once the work is done, though it is a great task, I can tell you that the committee will do the needful.

“So, the work is still ongoing and you will get the report as we conclude.”

In giving update on payment of backlog of death benefits, Yemi-Esan noted that N2 billion had been paid to 594 beneficiaries, following the release of N2.5 billion to pay backlog of death benefits to the next of kin of deceased officers.

She explained: “As at (of) today, the sum of N2.468 billion has been expended to settle 594 beneficiaries.

“The balance will be paid to other beneficiaries once the office receives the requisite banks’ attestation.”

According to her, the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation is also working assiduously to ensure that families of Civil Servants who died on active Service got their deceased relations’ death benefits through the Group Life Assurance.

“The group life assurance is where we insure officers and people working in the service, in case they die in active service, their next of kin are able to get payment of their salaries and other benefits.

“The office of the HoCSF does not hold unto any money, it is the responsible of the institution where the officer had work, to write the office of the HoCSF to take up action with the insurance company for payments,” she added.

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