February 25, 2024

Govt is over-bloated; civil servants must be slashed – Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare

Tunde Bakare

By Miftaudeen Raji

The Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has expressed worry over what he described as an over-bloated government, saying the numbers of civil servants must be slashed.

Pastor Bakare, a former lawyer turned cleric, stated this on Sunday while discussing the importance of adopting what he termed the “Jewish Phenomenon” in creating wealth in Nigeria. 

He said, “The government cannot continue creating jobs; that is not their job. In fact, civil servants should be slashed.

 “We have an over bloated government; it should be slashed, and let us empower our citizens to introduce them to the Jewish phenomenon. Everyone has a trade.”

Meanwhile, Pastor Bakare challenged the reliance on the government for job creation, advocating for a reduction in civil service and empowering citizens to explore diverse talents. 

His preaching echoes the overarching message that everyone possesses a unique trade, waiting to be harnessed for personal and collective prosperity.

Bakare urged Nigerians youths to reconsider their perspectives on career choices and the pursuit of personal talents.

The pastor cited examples of graduates venturing into entrepreneurship, including an Architecture graduate who transitioned to Aso-Oke crafting and a Pharmacy graduate, Yemi Ogedengbe, who found success in cooking.

According to Bakare, these examples illustrated the essence of the “Jewish Phenomenon,” advocating  the diversification of skills beyond academic qualifications.

Bakare stressed the need for individuals to embrace alternate trades alongside their certificates, foreseeing a future where job creation would require a blend of skills and entrepreneurship.

He criticised the prevalent job-seeking mentality, encouraging people to unleash their talents for the benefit of themselves and others.

The cleric said, “The future does not belong to job seekers. It belongs to job creators, entrepreneurs. It belongs to people like my mother who did not go to school but made Adire cloth.

He stressed on the importance of nurturing one’s talents for economic empowerment.

Bakare said, “You bury your talents and carry your certificate with the nickname ‘applicant.’ Applicants, my foot. 

“The problem was created by you because you are depriving others of the talents you carry that could create jobs for more people.”