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PCC Workers Picket Finance Ministry Over N872m Salary Arrears

By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

The federal government has assured that it will pay workers of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) N872m and consequential adjustment of the 18 month minimum wage arrears.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed gave this assurance when the three trade unions in the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) picketed her office in Abuja on Wednesday.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr. Aliyu Ahmed, the Minister told the protesters that she has already approved and granted authorization to the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) to release the N872 Million and 18 months arrears.

The Finance Minister confirmed that she has “gotten the alert for the payment it is now back to us here in the Ministry so it is now left for us to finalize and make the payments to the PCC.

I want to tell you that please give us the next 48 hours”.

Members of the Nigerian Civil Service Union; Senior Staff association of Nigeria and Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) of the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) stormed the premises of the Federal Ministry of Finance demanding for the payment of their entitlements.

Led by Comrade Isa Usman Degri Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Civil Service Union (NCSU) lamented that staff of the Commission were yet to start receiving the new minimum wage.

According to him, “minimum wage is yet to start in Public Complaints Commission for the past 18 months. Many people were paid their arrears in December 2019. From 2019 December till now is 9 month, it is yet to start in PCC”.

He lamented that they worked for “this country, we can never be excluded it is unacceptable. We will continue to do this until we are heard. If there are other agencies that have Nigerians as workers that are yet to start implementing, know that we are going to come back for them but today we are here for PCC”.

Usman Degri said they “have started negotiations with representative of Federal Ministry of Finance and the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) together with Labor and Employment we have discussed and signed an agreement”.

However after signing the agreement he said “nobody called us from Federal Ministry of Finance and OAGF that was two weeks ago we waited after two weeks nobody is saying anything. We now deemed it fit to make a step further to come here and deliver a letter on the position.”

The trade unions are demanding that N872m and consequential adjustment of the 18 month should released with immediate effect to enable activities to resume in the PCC offices nationwide.

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