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Kwara gov allays fears, says no plan to sack workers



 Kwara gov allays fears says no plan to sack workers
Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq
Kwara State Governor AbdulRaman AbdulRazaq has dispelled rumours by the opposition that his administration planned to sack workers.
He spoke during an interview with three state-owned media houses.
The governor said: “Civil servants are very happy with us. We do not need to lay off anybody. We have been able to manage the resources to make sure they get their salary as and when due. They are not burdens to the state. We do not have issues with civil servants. Where we have issues is the liability the former administration left in outstanding promotions of state and local government workers, and we are working on it.
“The previous administration owed salaries. Pensions and gratuities were owed. We are looking at about N11billion at the local government level alone. We’re looking forward to next year to cover a large part of that as we have been doing. So, we are going back to the previous administration to clear what they have done wrong. But on our watch, we don’t have issues. At the state level, we have paid about N5billion in gratuities and they are happy. Nobody is going to be sacked. We need our civil servants, we need their experience.
“Why would you sack a civil servant when you consider the cost of sacking civil servants to the state economy? It is cheaper for you to maintain civil servants than to sack them. So, we are maintaining our civil servants. We are working with them.”
He said civil servants were major assets that kept the wheel of government running, while their monthly earnings contributed to keeping the economy strong.

punch newspaper nigeria

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