Retrenchment: You promised jobs, don’t fail us now – Civil Servants to Buhari

By Post Nigeria April 15, 2015 10:38

Retrenchment: You promised jobs, don’t fail us now – Civil Servants to Buhari

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, has urged the President-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari to ignore “misguided activists and failed experts” who have asked him to retrench civil servants.

This statement was made in reaction to a comment by a former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, asking the President-elect to “decapitate the civil service” which, he said, “is now bloated and should be cut down so that Government can have more money.”

ASCSN in a statement put out by its Secretary-General, Mr. Alade Lawal, said the “over-bloated” call for retrenchment of civil servants was unnecessary for a Government who pledged to create employment opportunities for millions of Nigerians.

While observing that the Nigeria’s population is estimated at 160 million while the staff strength in the core civil service is about 100,000 about 0.06% of the country’s population, the organisation said:

“The public service itself which comprises the core civil service, the Armed Forces and the Police, Immigration, Customs and Federal Universities, is about 970,000 (0.61% of the country’s population).

“So, where do these ‘experts’ get their facts that the civil service is bloated? We challenge all those making this unsubstantiated claim to a public debate on the issue.”

Lawal warned Buhari to beware of fifth columnists that are fond of pushing the Government to embark on anti-people policies which could rouse the people against the Government.