By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABUJAâ€”THE Federal Government, yesterday, in Abuja, dismissed recent reports that it planned to retrench no fewer than 50,000 civil servants as part of reforms in the federal public service.
It stressed that â€œ there is no plan to sack 50,000 or any single worker as part of its civil service reform proposals.â€
Minister of Labour and Productivity,Â Chief Emeka Wogu, who said this while responding to the alleged plan by government to retrench 50,000 civil servants under the civil service reforms, added that the government would not with one hand give goodies to the populace and take same with another hand.
The minister’s statementwas issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Emmanuel Aziken.
He said: â€œPresident Goodluck Jonathan has in various ways demonstrated his sincere empathy with Nigerian workers both physically and otherwise. The latest of such his gestures was his quick approval of the recommendations to bridge the disparity in the salary scheme of the core civil service.
It is as such out of place for him to go against his track record of proclivity to the interests of Nigerian workers by approving the plans to unduly retrench workers.. Rather than retrenching and adding to the misery of the citizens, the administration through the Ministry of Labour is actively promoting employment of more citizens either in the public service or in the empowerment of business entrepreneurs.â€
â€œAs such I want to emphatically declare that there is no such proposal to retrench civil servants for whatever purpose.
The Federal Government will through the process of natural atrophy absorb the cost of any planned boost in the welfare of its present workers. This government declaration, however, does not in any way exclude the removal from service of workers who are disciplined using existing civil service regulations.â€