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The federal government on Monday said that it would soon commence the payment of outstanding allowances for workers in ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the country.

Winifred Oyo-Ita, head of civil service of the federation, said this at a news conference to mark the 2017 civil service week in Abuja.

The 2017 theme of the week is “Entrenching a Citizen-Centred Service Delivery Culture; Partnering with the youth for Africa’s Transformation”.

According to her, the issue of the payment of claims and arrears of Civil servants is also on the front burner.

“The Office of the Accountant General of the Federation has been directed to issue circulars to MDAs to submit their claims for direct payment,” she said.

“The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has equally directed the Budget Office of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance to put in place modalities for the settlement of other outstanding allowances.

“The measures, proposed by the Minister for Finance, have been approved by Federal Executive Council (FEC) and very soon we hope this will be an issue of the past.”

She also said that the key to successful development by any government was in qualitative service delivery and that the present administration had identified this.

Oyo-Ita said the strategic reforms that had been put in place would ensure that civil servants were well trained, properly placed, adequately provided with required tools to work in conducive environments.

She added that this was in the quest for accelerated improvement in service delivery for sustainable economic development and growth.

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