Abuja - Civil servants in the FCT on
Thursday tasked the incoming government to improve the structure of the service
for a better Nigeria.
It is reported 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 campaign promises, part of which was the strengthening
of the civil service structure and improved 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.
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"We are tired of managing our 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
Eniola said if the issues were effectively tackled, the
nation would move forward and that would bring about a huge development in the
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
"Some civil servants are working tirelessly while some will
come to work and sign the attendance sheet and go out for their business,’’
"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.
A retired civil servant, Mrs Agnes Onyiukwu, urged the
incoming government to address the pension 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.