FG al­lays fears on work­ers’ salaries

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has al­layed work­ers’ fears on pay­ment of salaries, say­ing the dif­fi­cult eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion would not af­fect salaries.

The Min­is­ter of Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning, Udoma Udo Udoma, told State House re­porters yes­ter­day that at the mo­ment, there was no risk of ow­ing salaries.

Udoma said though the coun­try was ac­tu­ally pass­ing through a dif­fi­cult time, things were get­ting bet­ter as tax col­lec­tion was im­prov­ing.

He said: “We have paid all salaries. The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has al­ways been pay­ing its salaries, and there is no risk what­so­ever that there is go­ing to be a sit­u­a­tion where the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will not pay salaries.

“Let me also say that we are about to have FAAC. There is an ac­tu­ally an in­crease in the amount that is go­ing to be avail­able in FAAC. I will let the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance talk about the ex­act amount. There is an in­crease be­cause of our tax col­lec­tion is go­ing up.

“When I ap­peared be­fore the Se­nate last week, I did in­form Nige­ri­ans that in­deed we were be­gin­ning to move up, our rev­enue sit­u­a­tion is ac­tu­ally im­prov­ing on the month al­ready. Our tax col­lec­tion is al­ready im­prov­ing, there is no doubt that we are ac­tu­ally go­ing through a dif­fi­cult time, but things are im­prov­ing.”

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