Senate disagrees with FG over embargo on employment & increase in salaries

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The Nigeria Senate had reportedly disagreed with the Federal Government over embargo on employment and yearly increase of workers’ salaries. According to them, "the embargo is turning into a time bomb that can explode at any time, because of millions of youths seeking employment without success."

Reports gathered that, the Senate’s anger were triggered by failure of the Chairman of National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Mr. Ekpo Nta, to tell the committee the total amount of salaries and wages Federal Government pays its workforce annually.

Many members of the Senate committee reportedly wondered why, recurrent expenditure in yearly budget is not decreasing on account of embargo placed on employment and retirements at the various agencies.

Senator Ali Ndume in reaction said, Honestly speaking, a time bomb is ticking out there with this policy because of the doors shut out against millions of youths seeking employment without success. Making it worrisome is the fact that, despite the policy since 2018 till now, recurrent expenditure components of the yearly budget have been increasing. In 2018, it was 3.5 trillion naira, 4 trillion in 2019, 4.5 trillion in 2020, 5.6 trillion in 2021 and 6.83 trillion in the projected 16.39 trillion naira 2022 budget. It is bad for recurrent expenditure to be increasing on yearly basis without an increase in the number of workforce through required recruitments. The embargo is turning into a time bomb that can explode at any time as witnessed in some countries in the past. Personally, I’m already thinking of where to run to if the avoidable crisis is not averted. I visited Ghana and Niger recently in this regard.

The Senate Committee on Establishment stated this during a 2022 budget defence at the National Assembly, Abuja, on Thursday, 21st October, 2021.

Members of the committee who aligned themselves with Ndume’s admonition include: Suleiman Kwari (APC Kaduna North), Nicholas Tofowomo (PDP Ondo Central) and the Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC Kano North).

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