Maku says Nigeria is not broke.
Palpable tension has enveloped the Nigerian civil service at the federal level as most government agencies have not paid August and some part of July Salaries.
Investigations by PREMIUM TIMES revealed that most universities and agencies including those under the Federal Ministry of Information are have not paid August salaries while several federal staff within various agencies have not been paid for July.
Already staff have begun to express worry over the delay; especially following rumours that the federal government is broke and therefore, mopping up remnant of monies in some government accounts in the Central Bank.
Meanwhile, at the ongoing World Press Conference in Abuja on Thursday, the Minster of Information, Labara Maku, debunked the rumors.
‘Nigeria is not broke,” he said. “When salaries are not paid we are worried, we (members of the federal cabinet) also receive salaries.”
He explained that the federal government was trying to eliminate ghost workers and changing from the old, analog system of payment to a digital system.
However, there are been reports that the money meant for the salaries may have been used for either the just-concluded People Democratic Party’s mini convention that took place in Abuja recently or as part of the money approved for ASUU towards improved infrastructure in the nation’s universities and payment of lecturer’s allowances.
Some of the staff members who spoke on condition of anonymity said that government should stop using staff salaries for unapproved expenditure to avoid derailing the hope of the common man.
Efforts to reach the leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress proved abortive but a non-executive member of the union has indicated that the union would soon make its position on this issue public.