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Buhari’s Directive Impossible, We Cannot Pay Salaries on 25th

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[caption id="attachment_7613" align="alignnone" width="662"]Ahmed Idris, Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF)[/caption]

The Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that federal workers be paid on the 25th of every month is not possible.

Recall that last week Wednesday, Idris had assured civil servants that the federal government will begin payment of staff salaries by the 25th of every month.

“There is a standing instruction the president to pay salary on or before 24th or 25th of every month and we will try as much as possible to comply and to abide by that.

“We are taking a step further to make a provision whereby we can accommodate salary payments even before FAAC,” Idris had said.

But in a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Press, Mrs Kene Offie, the AGF said that the date was not feasible because there was no cash to pay on that date every month.

“There is an instruction from Mr. President that workers be paid on or before 24 or 25, but compliance has been hampered by the limited resources available to government, which can only be determined after the monthly FAAC (Federation Account Allocation Committee) meeting,” the statement read.