The Federal Government of Nigeria has Rejected N165billion (165 Billion Naira) Allotted to Monthly Budget for Federal Civil Servants Salaries. As FG Rejects N165b Allotted to Monthly Budget for Federal Civil Servants Salaries, The Nigeria’s minister of finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, announced that the N165 billion monthly salaries to federal civil servants is too much and that “The economy is not measured by how many private jet we have but how many jobs we create.”
The government is working hard on building a transparent system to detect ghost workers, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun also added declaring the N165 billion monthly salaries to federal civil servants excessive and not sustainable.
She made this known at a meeting with Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN) hosted by Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture on Thursday in Lagos.
Speaking on the economy reform agenda of the government, she stressed that the N165 billion represents 40% of the governement total spending — the huge figure would be reviewed in the near future.
Besides, the government is committed to detect and prosecute ghost workers and other lawbreakers benefitting from the salary fraud.
She said: “We spend 165 billion every month on salaries and when I came in there was no checking. Now, we have created a unit assigned with the sole responsibility of checking the salaries and catching those behind the over bloated salaries.”
The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) introduced by the previous administration was described as ineffective and defective.
Ms Adeosun also expressed her surprise with bad functioning Nigerian Railway Corporation despite reported 10,000 workers employed.
She also assured that government would correct the anomalies in the payroll system and smoke out all ghost workers, including those in police sector.
Speaking on employment and plannes economic growth the minister said: “The economy is not measured by how many private jet we have but how many jobs we create. People must be productive for the economy to grow. We have been a consumer economy, but we want to be productive and stop buying everything from abroad.
We have been borrowing to pay salaries for years and that has to stop because it is not sustainable. Last year, we spent N64 billion on travelling and only N90 billion on roads. Travelling does not grow the economy and this must also stop,”
The minister said that the compound GDP of the country had been growing negatively in the last 10 years and the administration was working to correct the trend.
She assured that the administration would be the most discipline government the country has ever had in terms of fiscal accountability and responsibility.
Yesterday, Mrs Kemi Adeosun has accused the immediate past administration of constantly withdrawing from the Excess Crude Account.
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