The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has revealed that there is no plan to sack workers in the state civil service if elected as the state governor for a second term.
Abdulrazaq, made this known while receiving the newly elected executive members of the Kwara State council of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Ilorin, led by it’s chairman, Saheed Olayinka.
The Governor disclaimed reports claiming that he would sack civil servants in the state if elected as Governor the second time.
According to him the rumors was been peddled by members of the opposition party inorder to tarnish his name.
The Governor said this in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye,
“We have heard the opposition saying that we are going to sack workers. They are saying this because there’s nothing for them to campaign with again.
“They didn’t know it is much more expensive to sack workers than to maintain them. They think if you remove 50 workers from the Ministry of Works, then you are not paying salaries for 50 persons. It doesn’t work that way. That is simplistic thinking.
“Yes, in the Ministry of Works, you may have a gap of 50 but you have to go to the Ministry of Finance because you have to pay pensions and gratuities for the same 50 people, which are a lot more than sacking anyone. This is besides the social implications.
“If you sack a worker, you are only saving possibly 30 per cent, but you are again loading pension and gratuities. It is cheaper for us to maintain civil servants than to sack them. So, that is not on our agenda”.