The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has denied the rumour making the rounds that the Federal Government would be laying off some government workers to save costs.
In an interview she had on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Thursday morning, Ahmed dismissed the claims, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari is of the strong stand that no worker would be sacked.
She, however, maintained that the government would encourage people to leave government jobs by giving them incentives.
"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," the Minister said.
On cutting personnel costs, Ahmed said;
“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.”