I Didn’t Support Mass Sack In Civil Service – Okonjo-Iweala

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has said she is not in support of mass sack in the civil service.

A statement from the ministry signed by her Senior Adviser on Media, Paul Nwabuikwu, said the minister had told those canvassing for an increase in the capital budget and a “concomitant” reduction in recurrent expenditure to realise that the largest component of recurrent expenditure is personnel costs including salaries and wages.

“Because the largest component of the nation’s recurrent expenditure is made up of personnel cost like salaries and wages, government is careful about the issue because behind those figures are human beings and families whom you cannot just throw away without considering the implications,” the minister said.

She explained that because of this fundamental issue, the government’s immediate strategy has focused on fighting waste and the ghost worker syndrome through mechanisms like biometrics.

Dr. Okonjo-Iweala also explained that implementing the Steve Oronsaye-led committee report on Civil Service Reforms which recommended that agencies performing the same functions be merged will have some effect on the capital-recurrent ratio, but perhaps not as much as many Nigerians would like in the short term.

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