Hundreds of civil servants from the 36 states of Nigeria have expressed worry over the poor process of their salary verification exercise at the Public Service Institute in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
They said the failure of the verification portal to verify their appointments and the suspension of their salaries by the federal government had caused untold hardship to them.
The civil servants also lamented that they have been visiting the institute since Monday this week as instructed to get their appointments verified for their suspended salaries to be reactivated but to no avail.
The affected civil servants from Grade Level 7 to Directorate level, who were visibly exhausted at the premises of the institute laminated that their salaries have been suspended since September, while some said their salaries were suspended in June till date.
A senior civil servant, Mr Wunuji Tsokwa lamented that he had not committed any offence, nor has he been given any query, but his salary has been suspended.
“We are in a very serious confusion now. See all the pregnant women, all of them are here and they slept in the rain yesterday.
“We came from all over the 36 states of the federation. We have been invited for verification and I don’t know when it will end and we don’t know if the Head of Service has provided our DTA for this assignment.
“We officially know that if there is an assignment of this nature, there should be a provision for it. Also, we do not know the reason for the suspension of their salaries.
“We are now in October, the suspension started in September, while some started in June and we do not know how long it would take,” he said.
Another senior civil servant among the verification officials at the public service institute who preferred anonymity explained that the affected workers’ salaries were stopped because they were not captured on the portal and did not do the online registration.