By Isah Hussein
Staff of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity have demanded for the immediate payment of their more than three- year salaries and arrears since their appointment in 2018 and 2019.
In a statement signed by Ahmad Akeku Abubakar on behalf of about two hundred (200) affected staff of the Ministry, the concerned staff specifically urged the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige and Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Esan to wade in and direct the payment.
Abubakar in the statement said that they were employed in 2018 and 2019 respectively, pursuant to an application to the Federal Civil Service Commission.
He stated that; “after receiving letters of appointment by the Federal Civil Service Commission, we proceeded to the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity for documentation, and submitted copies of same at the Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation.
“We reported to our various states upon issuance of our posting letters by the Federal Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity, as required under the civil service rules.
“We came back to Abuja after some months for the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) enrolment which, we successfully did between December 2019 and February 2020 but, and up till now, we are yet to be paid even after that”, Nuhu said.
None of us he said, have received salary, not even for one (1) month, since our employment, talk more of other benefits due to us, but “we have continued to carry out our duties as staff of the Ministry.
Abubakar said they had to employ the service of some lawyers to lodge formal complaint on their behalf, while still suffering untold hardship.
We therefore seek “immediate and positive response as this has caused us enormous difficulties and some of us have been begging just to feed. We have families to take care of and numerous bills to pay but this has not been easy, working without a pay”.