The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) Sunday condemned the proposal by the Nigerian Governors Forum for the Federal Government to sack civil servants above 50 years of age and pay them a one-off retirement package.
Executive Director, CISLAC and Head of Transparency International Chapter in Nigeria, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, said in a statement, described the proposal as unrealistic and lopsided.
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According to him, the proposed measure to reduce cost of governance is a deceitful approach that may amplify existing socio-economic burden, suffering and inequalities among Nigerians.
He said the government should rather act on poor transparency and accountability as well as abuse of public funds.
He urged President Muhammad Buhari to take address “institutionalised mismanagement, systemic embezzlement, inflated budget and procurement corruption, among others, to allow adequate resource allocation to finance critical sector and eradicate poverty at all levels.”
He said, “As 85 percent of reform efforts have failed since independence, we’re more worried by the dreaded impact of mismanagement and undue political interests that will continue to frustrate the success of socio-economic reforms; and without pragmatic measures could cost up to 37 percent of Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Products by 2030, as reported by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).”