Civil Servants Kick Against FG Austerity Measures

The Nigeria Civil Service Union, NCSU has described the austerity measures that the Federal Government said it will introduce in the face of dwindling crude oil prices in the international market to save the economy from recession as anti people.
[caption id="attachment_3001" align="alignnone" width="400"]President Goodluck Jonaathan President Goodluck Jonaathan[/caption]There stand was contained in a communiqué signed and issued by the National President, Comrade Kiri Shaibu and the General Secretary, Comrade Gerald Ukeni issued at the end of its 65th National Executive Council meeting.
“The NEC-In-Session condemns in strong terms the introduction of austerity measures to save the economy from collapsing, government should rather introduce proactive policy to diversify the economy by creating enabling environment for industrial and agricultural activities to thrive. It is no more of interest to the nation to rely 100 per cent on oil for its revenue earnings; our reliance on oil alone must stop to enable the country to develop meaningfully,’’ the statement partly reads.
The NCSU also expressed its concern on the state of insecurity and terrorist attacks in the country, while lamenting that some Nigerians were now refuges in their own country, while it called on the Federal Government to take urgent steps toward curbing insecurity and ending terrorism in the country.
The Union also lamented that the claims of growth in the economy by the federal government has not resulted in creation of jobs.
It also condemned the rate of unemployment, income inequality and poverty which it described as alarming.
“The remarks credited to government officials that the economy had recorded an impressive growth are a contrast.
“The growth has not been translated into creating necessary platform to generate jobs, create wealth, reduce income inequality and poverty.
“According to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, 5.3 million out of an estimated 20.3 million jobless Nigerians are youth,’’ it said.
The Union expressed gratitude to President Goodluck Jonathan for signing into law the Pension Reform Act, 2014(as amended), the civil servants however noted that there are certain aspects of the law that still needed to be worked on.
The Union particularly picked holes in the provision of the new law which retains Withdrawal of the employee from the retirement savings account at retirement at 25 per cent.

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