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Federal Government set to reduce workforce, plans ‘exit package’ for the affected

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The Federal Government is designing what it calls an ‘exit package’ for government workers that will be leaving the service.

Mrs Zainab Ahmed, the Federal Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, said reducing the size of government is imperative given the government spends enormous amounts on recurrent expenses each year.

Some federal workers will lose their jobs if agencies merge.

According to the minister, the government’s approach to reducing the workforce will not entirely align with the Stephen Oronsaye report, but it is preparing an “exit package” for those affected, based on a committee’s recommendation.

Mrs Ahmed said: “There is a special committee led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that is working on the review of agencies with the view to collapsing them partly using the Oransanye report.

“At the end of it what we want to do is to reduce the size of government and also to reduce the size of personnel cost and part of it will be designing the exit packages that are realistic”.

The minister said the reason for the planned merger of agencies is because “we are revenue-challenged”.

Despite the Federal Government’s suggestion that it may cut the workforce due to dwindling revenues, labour unions are urging caution and insisting that those who would be affected by the downsize be paid their full entitlements.

Comrade Lawrence Amaechi, President, Nigeria Civil Service Union, and Dr Tommy Okon, President, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, both spoke about their unions’ plans to monitor the implementation of the White Paper of the Oronsaye Committee report.

He said: “Before they implement they will put us in their committee and if we are satisfied that Mr A must go where is his cheque?

“If at the time of implementation we are satisfied that Mr A must go we will ask where is his cheque? Is it complete? Give it to him and he will go and better his life.

“The Oronsaye committee white paper has long been gazetted. At this point, we cannot stop it. It is just to follow the implementation; how it will not affect our workers badly.

“When the implementation starts we will know how to fight it.”

Dr Okon, President of ASCSN said the union’s position on the planned retrenchment would be made public after meeting its organs.

Okon said: “We have to meet as a Congress and take a decision that will be all-encompassing. I cannot speak on the position yet until we meet. Once we meet then we will make our position known.

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