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FG Has No Plans To Sack Federal Government Workers – Finance Minister

Federal Government says it has no plans to sack workers to reduce the size of its workforce as reported.

Reports earlier said the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed stated that the federal government is retrenching workers in a necessary step to stem the huge amount spent on recurrent expenditure annually by the Federal Government.

However, speaking on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Thursday January 6, Ahmed debunked claim of the federal government making plans to sack workers to save funds.

The Minister clarified that while FG would encourage people to leave government jobs by giving them incentives, there are plans to reduce overheads by ensuring that government agencies are merged.

Ahmed said;

“Mr President doesn’t want to disengage staff. That is what he has directed from the beginning of his administration. He also directed that we pay salaries. The Federal Government has never failed in paying salaries and he said we must always pay pensions.

“So, he has been consistent in those directives and we have followed those directives to the letter.”

“Well, we do hope that at the end of the exercise, some agencies will be merged and it will cut down operational costs.

“And also we will be able to come up with incentive packages to retrain people and redeploy them in some areas where they are useful. For example, we still have a very high need for teachers so we can retrain people and send them to teach but also incentive packages to exit. Again, that is also money. If you want people to exit you have to pay them.

“That is an incentive package so that they can go. That is why it is taking a lot of time because it is not easy to decide on this. Everything centres on resources. We need resources and if we had a lot of money, we would just give very beautiful incentive packages and people would exit and go and start their businesses and we would reduce the size of the personnel cost.”


  1. What is going on in this country those who you are planing to sacks what do you want them to be eating how will they feed their family where will they see another job this time FG should please think of it very well before they do that

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