Members of the House of Representatives have unanimously urged President Bola Tinubu to lift embargo on employment into all Federal establishments without further delay.
The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Mr. Francis Waive.
In his lead debate, Mr. Waive decried that the immediate past administration of Muhammadu Buhari amid the recession that hit the economy in the country due to the huge drop in the international price of crude oil at the time and Covid-19 pandemic placed an embargo on employment in Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government.
“The House recall that the 9th House of Representatives passed a resolution calling on the then President to lift the embargo on employment.
“The House also notes that there the reports in social media that the embargo had been lifted but there is no evidence of any employment taking place whatsoever.
“The House is aware that for several years there has not been any employment in the Civil Service of the Federation, thereby creating a shortage of manpower, especially in the junior and middle-level cadre as officers are promoted and some retire and others die.
“The House is also aware that some Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs have resorted to engaging casual staff who are paid from their Internally Generated Revenue IGR, and other sources, while it is sad that these casual staff are non-pensionable, hence the act of spending government money without appropriation by the legislature for whatever purpose is illegal.
“The House is concerned that the withdrawal of subsidy on petroleum products has increased the hardship of jobless Nigerian youths and appreciates the measures planned by the President to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
“The House believes that a lifting of the embargo on employment and going ahead to employ young qualified Nigerians should be a part of Mr. President’s rescue measures as some of the savings from the removal of the subsidy could be used in this direction,” he noted.
The Lawmaker who asked President Tinubu to reverse the policy, tasked the Federal Civil Service Commission and other relevant bodies to immediately act upon Mr President’s directive in this regard.
In line with the resolution, the House mandated the joint Committees on Public Service Matters, Labour and Employment (when constituted) to ensure compliance and report back within four weeks for further legislative action.
Oduyemi Odumade, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Bukky Alabi
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