Vanguard (Lagos)

3 September 2012

Nigeria: Bauchi to Slash Workforce By 50 Percent As Benue Promotes 3,200, Retires 1,000

State government, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Joint Negotiations Council, JNC, have started talks over government's plan to sack 50 percent of its workers due to lack of funds.

Meanwhile, despite its rising monthly wage bill, Benue State Government has promoted no fewer than 3,200 deserving workers on its payroll, while more than 1,000 civil servants have also been retired in the last one year.

Bauchi State NLC Chairman, Mr. Hashimu Gital, who confirmed the development in a telephone interview with Vanguard, said: "We will not support the state government's move to sack any civil servant in the state.

"We are still in dialogue with government over the development and I don't want to preempt our meeting."

In Benue, the promotion was carried out across the cadres of the public service under the direct supervision of the Benue State Civil Service Commission, BSCSC.

Chairman of BSCSC, Mrs. Comfort Agogo, who fielded questions, yesterday, from newsmen in her office, added that the state government plans to embark on a holistic reform of its civil service.

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