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Labour Seeks Effective Implementation Of Budget

Posted: Dec 25, 2015 at 9:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Organised labour has praised the Federal Government for the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget announced on Tuesday. But it stressed the need for the budget’s implementation to the benefit of all Nigerians.

Commenting on the budget,  the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) lauded the planned recruitment of 500,000 unemployed graduates and holders of National Certificate of Education (NCE) as teachers to curb the escalating rate of unemployment.

In a statement signed by the Secretary-General, ASCSN, Comrade Bashir  Lawal, said: “We also commend Mr President for his decision to ensure that all the Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) are captured and brought under the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) because this will not only reduce the burden of manual preparation of payrolls, but also curb cases of sharp practices in the system.”

While praising the government for its resolve to compile the list of the poorest in order to implement its cash transfer programme, the union stressed the need for the policy to be transparent and inclusive without discrimination.

”We must equally express joy in the decision of Government to make good its promise to provide a meal per day for primary school pupils,” the union said.

The ASCSN, however, frowned at the decision of the government that fuel subsidy would not be removed for now because the impression had been created that it might be removed later more-so that no provision was made for fuel subsidy in the budget estimate.

Also, the National President  Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, praised the Federal Government for the N6.08 trillion 2016 budget. He however expressed concerned on the implementation of the budget.

“However , we are worried that our challenge as a country as regards national budget is not how to propose, draft or present a good budget but its implementation. We are also worried that about N1.8 trillion of the budget will be borrowed to fund the budget.

“The decision to recruit 500,000 unemployed graduates and  National Certificate of Education (NCE) holders as teachers to curb the escalating rate of unemployment and to ensure that all the Federal Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) are captured and brought under the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) are laudable ideas.

He said the move would not only reduce the burden of manual preparation of payrolls,  but would also curb cases of sharp practices in the system and will also help to compile the list of the less-privileged in order to implement better transfer programme.

“We urge that the policy be made transparent and inclusive without discrimination.

“Additionally, we are still not comfortable with the decision  of government on subsidy. The Congress, therefore, demand for a stakeholders’ meeting which include labour to discuss the subsidy issue and why it has become impossible for us to refine and purchase fuel for  as low as N50 per litre. The price of crude oil in the international market had dropped drastically. This should have a direct effect on domestic consumption of the product,” he said.

He said the proposed deficit financing  at N2.22 trillion was high, adding that this could be reduced by the recovery of stolen funds.

“We therefore support the government to use looted funds for the benefit of Nigerians,” he said.