He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and Nigerians have been reacting.
According to him, the rumors saying otherwise are nothing but a product of simplistic thinking, since he definitely has no such agenda that will be of no good to the state or the government itself.
He added that he is looking forward to ensuring workers’ salaries and improved welfare remain a top priority for his administration.
His words, “We have heard the opposition saying that we are going to sack workers. They are saying this because there’s nothing for them to campaign with again. They didn’t know it is much more expensive to sack workers than to maintain them. They think if you remove 50 workers from the ministry of works, then you are not paying salaries for 50 persons.”
“It doesn’t work that way. That is simplistic thinking. Yes, in the Ministry of Works, you may have a gap of 50. But you have to go to the Ministry of Finance because you have to pay pensions and gratuities for the same 50 people, which is a lot more than sacking anyone. This is besides the social implications.”
“If you sack a worker, you are only saving possibly 30%, but you are again loading pension and gratuities. It is cheaper for us to maintain civil servants than to sack them. So, that is not on our agenda. It does not benefit us or society as every family has a civil servant at least. We are not going to sack workers. We are determined to improve your welfare instead.”
“We will continue to work with you. Our doors are always open. We have a policy to hire any doctor available because doctors are leaving this country every day or leaving state hospitals for federal health facilities. So, we need more hands.”
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