Civil servants call for better service structure from incoming govt

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ABUJA – Civil servants the FCT on Thursday tasked the incoming government to improve the structure of the service for a better Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigerian (NAN) correspondent who spoke with a cross section of the civil servants in Abuja reports that they want the government to build a stronger service structure, and to improve the workers’ salaries and welfare.

Mr Joseph Egwu said it was imperative that the incoming government fulfilled its promises, part of which was the strengthening of the civil service structure and welfare for the workers.

“The incoming government needs to pay attention to the processes and procedures in order to strengthen the public service structure.

“We the civil servants are the heart beat of the government and because of that, we should not be left behind.

“We are expecting a lot from the incoming government because the country needs change and the change, which should huge and positive, should start from the civil service.

“We are tired of managing salary. Salaries will be paid today and in the next two, three days, our accounts are empty. We have suffered so much,’’ he said.

On his part, Mr David Eniola said the incoming government should address issues of remuneration, unemployment, power supply, taxation and security.

Eniola said if the issues were effectively tackled, the nation would move forward and that would bring about a huge development in the country.

Another civil servant, Mr Godswill Mark, said that the incoming government had raised the opes of the people, saying that Nigerians looked up to the fulfillment of those promises.

“We are expecting a lot of good things and better change from the incoming government. There is too much corruption in the various ministries, department and agencies.

“Some people are really working while some are enjoying our money; it is not fair and I expect the government to look into issue of corruption.

“Some civil servants are working tirelessly while some will come to work and sign the attendance sheet and go out for their business,’’ Mark said.

“The amazing thing is that those that work hard will receive stipends and those who come to office twice in a week will receive huge wages. These issues must be addressed promptly,’’ he said.

He also suggested that civil servants’ welfare should include an affordable housing scheme as a priority of the incoming government.
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A retired civil servant, Mrs Agnes Onyiukwu, the incoming government to address the arrears of pensioners.

Onyiukwu recalled that in 2013, the present administration established the Pension Transactional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) to run the Defined Benefit Scheme.

“PTAD assured us that it is making efforts to pay all outstanding arrears, but we are still waiting.

“We have endured enough, I am begging the incoming government to attend to our plight and pay off this outstanding arrears. We are old and need support so that we can live longer,’’ she said.(NAN)

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