State Of The Nation: Labour Tasks FG On Cost Of Governance, Borrowing!

The leadership of the Nigeria Civil Service Union at the Federal Capital Territory,Abuja has called on the Federal Government to cuy the cost of governance in the country at both at the Federal and State levels to check its level of borrowing.

This was part of the highlights of the communique issued at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting of the Union which was held recently at the Auditorium of the Revenue, Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission,Central Business District, Abuja.

The communique read:”in view of the dwindling resources, the Union regretted that hundreds of millions of Naira are being used in maintaining and paying political office holders while a greater percentage of Youths are unemployed and facing abject poverty, the meeting therefore urged government at all levels to cut down the size of political appointees in order to save resources to meet up with other developmental programmes”

The communique which was signed by the Chairman Federal Council, Comrade Timothy Odebunmi and the Council Secretary Comrade Daniel Otakpo expressed worry over the high rate of poverty, rising in prices of food items and its attendant effects on insecurity, rising crime rate, corruption, kidnapping, cultism, herdsmen/ farmers clashes, banditry and other social vices despite efforts by security agencies to check these menace.

The Federal Government was thus tasked to evolve policies that will address the level of poverty and unemployment as well as guarantee social security and peaceful co existence in the country.

On job efficiency and effectiveness in the Public Service, the meeting advocated for a good working environment which can only come to fruition if relevant working materials are provided and the urgent renovation of Federal Secretariat, just as it expressed its worry over the shortage of working materials in some Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) which has slowed down the rate of output by Workers in different MDAs.

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It also tasked some Head of Departments to follow financial guidelines and regulations to prevent diversion of funds for personal aggrandizement which is antithetical to the Public Service philosophy.

Other highlights of the communique include: a call to deploy adequate fund for education and training programmes which has declined in recent times; the need for the provision of adequate training needs in the Public Service, the Union admonished both Federal and State Governments to urgently adopt training package for all cadres in the Public Service to equip officers and personnel with requisite skills ability and competence in order to reposition the Public Service to face the challenges of neutrality, responsiveness, efficiency and transparency and social dialogue.

The leadership of Federal Council was also mandated to interface with the management of FIRS to check issues related to undue inteferance in the activities of the MDAs affiliated to the NCSU.

They also congratulated the new Auditor General of the Federation Mr Aghugbu Arhofomhenla Adolphus on his new appointment and wished him well on his assignment just as it passed a vote of confidence on the Chairman, Federal Council Comrade Timothy Odebunmi for his proactive approach towards workers’ welfare.

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