Trending: More troubles as FG perfects plans to reduce workforce

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Despite the lingering hardship that had loomed large for better part of the outgone year on account of government’s

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‘huge annual recurrent expenditure,’ the Federal Government is putting functional mechanisms in place to reduce its workforce.

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The Nation reports that government is currently perfecting what it tags exit package for civil servants that will be leaving the service.

According to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, the plan to reduce the size of the civil servants soonest, has become inevitable on account of the staggering amount of money that goes into maintaining them, especially via yearly recurrent expenditure. In doing this, which will, unavoidably lead to massive loss of jobs, it was gathered the government would begin with the merger of its agencies and parastatals, thereby bringing them within manageable limits.

Some Federal Government workers will lose their jobs when agencies are merged. The government’s mode of reducing the workforce, the minister said, will not entirely be in line with the Stephen Oronsaye report but based on a fresh bureaucratic committee recommendation, The Nation further reports.

Dr Ahmed said: “There is a special committee led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) that is working on the review of agencies with the view to collapsing them partly using the Oransanye report.

“At the end of it all, what we want to do is to reduce the size of government and also to reduce the size of personnel cost and part of it will be designing the exit packages that are realistic.

The reason for the planned merger of agencies, the Finance Minister, said is owned basically to the fact that “we are revenue-challenged,/SHARE THIS

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