ASCSN faults Okupe’s call for workers’ sack
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has advised states government to ignore reported call by ex- Special Adviser to former president, Dr. Doyin Okupe their to sack workers instead of waiting for bail out fund.
In a statement signed by its National President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, ASCSN described the reported call as ‘satanic verses’.
Dismissing the call, ASCSN alleged that it was this type of negative advice by Okupe and other ‘failed politicians’ that led to the collapse of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its woeful performance at the 2015 presidential polls.
The union said: “Okupe, therefore, wants a situation where the entire country will be thrown into turmoil because if all the States Governments sack 20% to 30% of their workforce, anarchy will reign supreme and when that happens, Okupe and his league of failed professionals masquerading as politicians will begin to jubilate that the federal government of All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed.”
The two labour leaders warned the states governments to be wary of politicians “ who, consigned to the dustbin of history because of economic hardship they foisted on Nigerian people as members of the kitchen cabinet of the discredited PDP Federal Government, were now seeking relevance in the polity, trying to warm their ways to the hearts of states governors”.
The statement added: “Okupe’s demand that the various governments in the country should be sacking 10% of their workforce every year is a recipe for increased insecurity in the country.
“It is the over-bloated emoluments of political office holders which in the past included Okupe and his fellow travellers who constitutes less than one % of the population that has brought the economy to ruins,” the union stated.
The union also advised Okupe to start the campaign to reduce the “humongous salaries and allowances of Nigerian political office holders which consumed about 70% of the annual budget (25% for Legislative arm and 40% for the Executive arm) leaving virtually nothing for capital projects and which is the reason why the meagre salaries of civil servants cannot be paid as and when due.
“It is common knowledge that Nigerian political office holders are the highest paid in the world, most of whom receive more than the President of the United States of America. This is the area Dr. Okupe should beam his searchlight on if he is interested in curbing waste apart from joining the current anti-corruption war designed to plug all leakages in the administration of public finances.
“Besides, given his antecedent, the public is not deceived by Okupe’s vituperations as self-appointed consultant of State Governments because this ignoble assignment reeks of self-serving agenda,“ the union added.
The ASCSN regretted that Okupe sees nothing wrong with the “Security votes of governors which on the average is N1 billion monthly”, adding that, Okupe’s kite-flying project was dead on arrival.
The union also faulted his advice that the federal government should deploy pension funds for projects, warning that the funds were savings meant to settle the legitimate benefits of workers on retirement, pointing out that “Any attempt to tamper with workers pension funds will be fiercely resisted by the trade unions”.
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