FG sacks workers

FG sacks workers….

The Federal Government has unfolded plans to reduce the size of the work force by laying off workers.

The Nation reports that the government is already working out an exit package for workers that would be affected.

However, there was disquiet as Labour described the plan to sack workers as a reversal of the much advertised Federal Government’s employment drive.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning Mrs. Zainab Ahmed said it was imperative to reduce the size of government because of the huge amount government spent on recurrent expenditure annually.

However there are fears that this will compound the unemployment crisis in the country.

Ahmed said government is working on an “exit package” to be paid to those that will be affected.

Explaining the reason for the proposed sack, the finance minister said: “We are revenue challenged. So, everything we do, we can’t put an exit package if you are not willing to cash it immediately. So, when you are asking people to exit by choice, you must be able to give them that package as they are exiting”.

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She added: “There are so many things that are happening. These are not easy decisions to make because they affect people and families. So, you have to make sure that whatever we commit to we are actually going to deliver on it”.

Labour unions have called for caution, urging the Federal Government to have a rethink over sack.

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The unions asked the Federal Government to ensure that affected workers should be paid their full entitlements.

 

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Doris Israel Ijeoma

Doris Israel Ijeoma is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos. She can be reached via dorisisrael5@gmail.com