Leadership (Abuja)

2 January 2013

Nigeria: Gov. Ahmed Will Not Retrench Workers in Kwara

The Kwara Government says it has no intention of retrenching any worker in the state civil service.

Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed gave the assurance on Wednesday while reacting to the call by Mr Dele Belgore, ACN gubernatorial candidate that the government should retrench workers to reduce the wage bill.

In a statement signed by Mr Abdulwahab Oba, his Press Secretary, Ahmed said that rather than retrench government would improve their conditions of service despite its lean resources.

"It is politically and morally obtuse to contemplate retrenchment in a state largely populated by civil servants," Ahmed said.

The administration, Ahmed noted, was committed to full implementation of its Shared Prosperity Programme, which places emphasis on human capacity development.

He also reiterated the commitment of the government to youth empowerment, job and wealth creation in the New Year.

"I want to assure the people that government is determined to creating more youth entrepreneurs, produce high quality middle level manpower through policies such as the International Vocational Centre."

The governor said that prudent management of resources would remain cardinal in his administration's policy.

According to him, the objective of the policy will be achieved through the promotion of transparency, openness and public accountability.

Ahmed said that government would also ensure that infrastructural facilities were provided to attract would-be investors and create enabling environment for the growth of the economy.

He promised that government would not relent in its pursuit of people-oriented policies, especially on road construction and rehabilitation, provision of affordable healthcare services and youth empowerment.

The governor also promised to enhance the welfare of civil servants to consolidate its achievements in the last one year.

He solicited the support of the people, irrespective of their political affiliations in his effort to transform the state into the economic hub of the country.

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