NECA’s Director-General, Mr Timothy Olawale, who made the call on Tuesday in Lagos, called for more specific and direct business sustainability schemes, to save the private sector.

The Director-General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, Dr Timothy Olawale, has said state governments should take a cue from the association, whose members had pledged to try to retain their workers as much as possible amid the economic downturn in the country.

According to him, the provision of jobs for the masses is part of the social responsibility of government.

He said that the wages overload in states is not on workers’ salaries but on political appointees.

This is as the Kaduna State Government cited high wage bill and dwindling revenues as justification for laying off some of its workers.

Olawale said, “So, the government should even be the very last to consider this issue of laying off of workers. What we would advise the government to do is to set their priorities right,” he said, adding that there were many avoidable expenditure heads that could be done away with.


He continued, “Workers’ welfare, retention of workers should be top on their priorities. For political reasons, many politicians, many governors were recruiting and putting those we were not supposed to be in civil service there. The wages overload is not on the workers’ salaries; it is on political appointees.

“Check most of the states, check the number of advisers and special assistants that are advising the advisers – all those appendages of government appointees; check what goes into their purses every month. Many of the political appointees that are servicing the elected officials in the legislature and executive are doing nothing.”

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