The people’s democratic Party Niger state said it has received with sadness the news of a certain committee set up by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to rationalize the Civil Service of the state.
The PDP made this known in a statement signed by its state chairman Bar. Tanko Beji in reaction to the inauguration of a 15 man committee to rationalize the civil service by the State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
The PDP said “We are very worried because anytime rationalization is brought to the fore, it only ends up in Sacking the already pauperised civil servants who are groaning under unprecedented level of inflation, insecurity and lack of adequate welfare by Government.
The PDP is very much aware that with the agreement reached by Niget state Government and Labour Unions in the state over the full implementation of the N30,000 Minimum wage the state is looking for ways to reduce workers which is unnecessary, unpopular and uncalled for given the quantum of resources accruing to the state from federation allocation, Internal Generated Revenue, Loans, grants, draws downs from development partners like RAMP and SDGs.
Rather than reduce or frustrate the poor civil servants with Rationalisation the Governor should first and foremost reduce his cost of travels to atleast twice in a month instead of frequently, cut unnecessary appointees, explain his security vote and cut it down by 50%, cut down the recurrent votes of each agencies.
The Governor should also immediately do a forensic audit of all capital projects’ budget of the past 5 years and maybe he would realised that alot has gone out and nothing is there to show. A good example is the N126billion capital expenditure for 2019 budget the Honorable Member from Borgu in the state Assembly lamented about on the floor of the house.
As it is today, Joblessness of the teeming youth is a fertile ground for Insecurity that has pervaded the state, throwing workers into the job market will only aggravate the already bad situation.
We there will join the labour unions to resist any attempt to rationalize, sack or reduce the Labour force.
The state should be creative, innovative and more focus than just instinctive wannabe reaction”
Governor Sani Bello on Wednesday inaugurated a 15 man committee to restructure the civil service, the committee has three months to submit it’s report.