We Have No Plan To Sack Workers – Zainab Ahmed

Abuja – Nigeria’s Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, has stated that there are no plans to sack government workers amidst the economic crisis in the country.

Ahmed made this statement on Thursday during an interview on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme.

During the interview, she refuted speculations that their administration was planning to sack workers to save funds.

Zainab Ahmed
Mrs Zainab Ahmed: Daily Trust

She further noted that President Buhari has directed her to pay the salaries of government workers.

“Mr President doesn’t want to disengage staff. That is what he has directed from the beginning of his administration.

“He also directed that we pay salaries. The Federal Government has never failed in paying salaries and he said we must always pay pensions.

“He has been consistent in those directives and we have followed those directives to the letter,” she said.

The Minister also gave an insight into how the government plans to cut personnel costs, as reported by Daily Trust.

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“Well, we do hope that at the end of the exercise, some agencies will be merged and it will cut down operational costs, she added.

“We will be able to come up with incentive packages to retrain people and redeploy them in some areas where they are useful.

“For example, we still have a very high need for teachers so we can retrain people and send them to teach but also give them incentive packages to exit. Again, that is also money. If you want people to exit you have to pay them.

“That is an incentive package so that they can go. That is why it is taking a lot of time because it is not easy to decide on this. Everything centres on resources.

“We need resources and if we had a lot of money, we would just give very beautiful incentive packages and people would exit and go and start their businesses and we would reduce the size of the personnel cost.”

Abdullahi Abubakar

Abdullahi Abubakar is a graduate of the University of Maiduguri.He is a teacher and passionate about Journalism and writing in general. He works with Today Post as a senior Editor and is currently living in Gombe.

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