Federal civil servants in about 90 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are yet to receive their January salaries as of February 11, 2024.

Bawa Mokwa, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF), confirmed this delay, citing issues with uploading the 2024 budget on the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) platform.

Among the affected MDAs are universities and polytechnics, according to Mokwa. However, he assured that many workers began receiving their salaries on Thursday and Friday after the resolution of the budget upload issues.

Mokwa emphasized that the finalization of processes occurred on Friday, and salaries should have commenced distribution by Saturday. Any further delays, he suggested, might stem from bank-related issues, but he guaranteed that all salaries would be disbursed by Monday morning.

Amid concerns, a top official within the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, who chose to remain anonymous, clarified that the delay in salary payment was not intended as a punitive measure against workers.

The delay was forewarned in a January 31 memo issued by the Bursary Department of the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, to all staff. The memo cited the failure of the GIFMIS platform to reflect the 2024 budget appropriation as the reason behind the anticipated delay in salary disbursement.

Clarifying the situation, officials attributed the temporary delay in salary payment to technical and administrative challenges rather than disciplinary action against workers. The Accountant General’s office is actively working to ensure that all affected civil servants receive their January salaries promptly and without further delays.

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