AGF explains why workers’ May salary is delayed

Checkout Magazine has learnt that federal civil servants are to receive their May salary soon following plans to unfreeze government accounts.

When unfrozen, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) that have not been able to fund their expenses will have access to cash.

The expense accounts of all MDAs were blocked before the exit of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“As part of a well-kept secret and tradition, when there is a change of government, the outgoing administration freezes all expense accounts to stop unscrupulous persons from making last-minute withdrawals,” a source in the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (OAGF) told reporters.

The source confirmed that “that is why civil servants have not been paid and all MDAs are unable to fund their expenses”.

Another official in one of the agencies operating in a private sector-style environment lamented the effect of the freezing of the accounts on their operations.

The official said his agency has not been able to access its accounts in the last three weeks.

“It’s a government decision and I don’t know when it will end, but we expect that before the month ends, they should have completed their checks”, the official said.

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