The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, says there is no plan by the Federal Government to lay off government workers.
Ahmed said this on NTA’s ‘Good Morning Nigeria’ programme on Thursday, January 6, 2022.
The minister denied claims that the government was planning on sacking workers in order to save funds.
She said the President, Muhammadu Buhari, has repeatedly said that no worker would be sacked. The minister, however, said the government would encourage people to leave government jobs by giving them incentives.
Ahmed said the government would reduce overheads by ensuring that government agencies are merged.
She added, “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.
“So, he has been consistent in those directives and we have followed those directives to the latter.”