Daily Trust (Abuja)

7 December 2012

Nigeria: Talk Sensibly, Oshiomhole Tells Sanusi

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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday criticized Central Bank governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi over his comments on huge cost of governance, saying he should advise government officials against profligacy instead of calling for the sack of workers to reduce cost.

They called on him to talk sensibly anytime he is commenting on the economy and proffer right solutions. Sanusi recently said that 50 per cent of Nigerian workers should be sacked because of over bloated workforce.

But speaking separately at the launch of the Nigerian Digital Welfare Scheme in Abuja yesterday, Oshiomhole and NLC President AbdulWaheed Omar said Sanusi was fond of talking about Nigeria's economic problems but always ending up proffering wrong answers to them. Oshiomhole said Sanusi's diagnosis of the country's bad spending habit was right but his prescription was very wrong.

He said rather than advising President Goodluck Jonathan and his aides against their profligacy, Sanusi misfired by saying 50 percent of Nigerian workers should be sacked. "The wage bill is not synonymous with personnel cost. I knew that as a worker and I know it now as a governor even more; and I think I can talk with authority in this respect. Part of your personnel cost includes the cost of flying (travelling) and of your driving on the roads and the cost of servicing the sirens and all of those things that we spend on," he said.

On his part, Omar said Sanusi "should tell those that appointed him to fight corruption rather than sacking workers.

"I saw a newspaper headline in one of today's papers saying 'Sanusi: I won't stop talking'. Yes, Sanusi has the right to talk but he should know how to talk because the way he talks it appears he talks like somebody who has a strong hatred for a particular group."

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