Thursday, 25 February 2021 04:35

Reps Ask FG To Lift Embargo On Employment

The House of Representa­tives has urged the Federal Government to lift embargo on employment into Feder­al Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

This followed the adop­tion of a motion by Sani Bala (APC-Kano) on the floor of the house on Wednesday in Abuja.

Bala in his motion said President Muhammadu Buhari had in October 2019, while presenting 2020 budget, announced an embargo on recruitment in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). ­

He said that the presi­dent had also maintained the Federal Government stand on the embargo due to the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandem­ic and the fall in Global oil prices.

He said that by its role as the major employer of la­bour in the country, the ac­tion of the Federal Govern­ment not to sack or reduce salaries of its workers at the time was encouraging.

He said that this has no doubt helped to reduce the worsening effects of the pandemic in the country.

The lawmaker said that in its attempt to ad­dress the adverse effects of COVID-19, the Federal Government instituted stimulus packages of N65 billion to assist a coalition of private sector operators.

He said that N50 billion survival funds were given to Micro Small and Medi­um Enterprises (MSMEs) and N15 billion guaran­teed uptake scheme to save 500,000 jobs, among other interventions.

He said that the projec­tion made by the Minister of Labour in 2018 that Ni­geria would record an un­employment rate of 33.5 percent by 2020 was made worse by the pandemic.

Bala said that Nigeria, like many other countries, ought to have begun a post COVID-19 era by imple­menting measures geared towards revamping the economy and improving other socio-economic ac­tivities.

The House also urged the organised private sec­tor to fill existing vacancies in order to reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

The house said this was sequel to the interventions the private sector might have enjoyed from the Fed­eral Government and other development partners.


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