The treasury house in Abuja went up in flames in the early hours of Wednesday. The house which is also the office of the Accountant General of the Federation, is where salaries of federal civil servants and workers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, under the IPPIS, are prepared. The treasury house is located beside the FCT Police Command, before the old central bank headquarters in Garki area of Abuja.
The cause of the fire was not immediately known even as workers are currently at home observing the Presidential directive urging residents of Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States to stay at home following the outbreak of the coronavirus.
Some civil servants who heard about the fire outbreak are afraid that the incident may affect the payment of their April salaries.
“In the face of all these hard times, why is the office of the Accountant General up in flames. Is this not an excuse for them not to pay this month’s salary, Salaudeen Idris queried. They are just trying to hold our salary for this month again. Our March salary was not paid until President Muhammadu Buhari ordered them to pay. Maybe they are looking for a new reason not to pay April salary in time, so that we can survive this sit at home, John Pwajok added. However, a combined team of men of the Federal and FCT fire services have to a large extent contained the fire as at the time of this report.