Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun
By Obinna Chima
The Ogun State government has threatened to review its relationship with any bank that henceforth delays payment of monthly salaries to public servants under its employment after government has deposited money meant for that purpose with such bank.
In a letter to the banks signed by the state’s Commissioner for Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, the government expressed disappointment over what it called “the consistent trend of unprofessional conduct being practiced by some banks in the state.”
According to the letter, “as at the date of writing this letter, (March 6), some of our staff and pensioners are yet to be credited with their salaries/pensions. This is despite the fact that fully funded payment instructions were issued before 9am on Thursday, February 27th. The delay of (7) days is unacceptable, inexcusable and unethical.”
The state government also said another worrisome development was that some banks deliberately fail to issue sms alerts to advice the workers on payment of salaries to individual accounts, saying it was ostensibly to delay workers from withdrawing their salaries and thereby earning additional income for the banks concerned.
“It is the view of Ogun State Government that such practices will in the long term, damage the reputation and profitability of all those banks engaging in such behavior. Workers who have toiled for their salary have the right to enjoy same promptly and to withdraw or otherwise utilise as they please,” it added.
The government said it was committed to ensuring that all its civil servants, teachers, pensioners and local government workers receive salary before the last working day of each month, adding that it has put systems in place, using mystery shoppers, to monitor the time individual banks take to credit our workers accounts.
The state also promised to also monitor the issuance of alerts, adding that the results would be made available to staff members who can then take decisions about which bank they would domicile their salaries with.
“In addition, as a government, we will take actions to reduce our level of business with those banks who consistently engage in these practices which are hurting our people and damaging the reputation of Ogun State Government,” it warned.
The government however pointed out that efforts are being made to ensure that salaries and allowances are paid promptly, irrespective of any delays in receipts from the federal government.