Civil servants in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja have tasked the new Buhari government to focus more on choosing good and competent cabinet members who will help him effect the much promised change to Nigerians.
The workers also asked the President to support the Head of Service of the Federation and other relevant public office holders in their quest to restructure the federal civil service for better productivity.
Some of the residents who bared their minds, identified the importance of committed civil service to the achievement of the desire of the President to transform the economic and social lives of Nigerians.
The incoming government needed to pay attention to the processes and procedures in order to strengthen the public service structure, they said.
Mr. Iheme Kingsley who works in the federal civil service, in his high expectation from the President said, “We the civil servants are the heart beat of the government and because of that, we should not be left behind especially as regards financial benefits.
“We are expecting a lot from the new government because the country needs change, and the change which he promised must trickle down to the civil service. We are tired of managing our salary. Imagine a situation where salaries will on a particular day, and before the next two, three days, our accounts are empty. We have suffered so much,’’ he said.
On his part, Mr. Kehinde Oladiran urged the government to address the issues of remuneration, unemployment, power supply, taxation and security. He said if the issues were effectively tackled, the nation would move forward and that would bring about a huge development in the country.
Mr. Oladiran said that the government had raised the hopes of the people, saying that Nigerians are expecting 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 corruption. 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 however suggested that civil servants’ welfare should include an affordable housing scheme as a priority of the incoming government.
A retired civil servant, Mrs. Grace Ukanna, however urged the incoming government to address the pension arrears of pensioners. She recalled that in 2013, former President Goodluck Jonathan established the Pension Transactional Arrangement Directorate, PTAD, to run the Defined Benefit Scheme, but “PTAD had assure us that it is making efforts to pay all outstanding arrears, but we are still waiting.
“We have endured enough, I am begging the new government to attend to our plight and pay off these outstanding arrears. We are old and need support so that we can live longer,’’ she said.

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