Professor Musa Shuaibu, on Sunday, blasted the suggestion by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum which had reiterated that the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari should retire all civil servants and government workers above 50 years.
Shuaibu had also noted the governors should rather focus on providing effective leadership, deliver on their campaign promises and ensure that members of the public in their respective states are protected against bandits’ attack and other forms of criminalities.
Professor Shuaibu, an economist, and former lecturer at the Bayero University Kano, on Sunday in Kaduna, was reacting to a statement credited to the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF), advising president Muhammadu Buhari to retire, payoff all federal civil servants above 50 years old.
They had also proposed that the federal government should begin the implementation of the Stephen Oronsaye Report, which suggested merger and shutdown of agencies and parastatals with duplicated or contested functions.
Professor Shuaibu, while describing their suggestions as ill-conceived, noted that most of the respective governors have not been paying state civil servants salaries for months, even as many of them have diverted money meant for the public for their personal use.
According to him, it was wrong for sitting governors who cannot provide, protect lives and properties in their respective states to suggest to the federal government what to do. He had also reiterated that kidnapping, killings, unemployment, hardship, lack and criminalities have surfaced in several states of the federation with governors looking helpless, yet they are adding another burden of criminality to the federal government.
” Let the NGF pick, remove the speck in their own eyes before advising others,” he said
In another report, Hadi Sirika who is the Nigerian Minister of Aviation, has finally come out to make a passionate appeal to the workers in the Nigerian aviation sector not to contemplate joining the proposed protest which is being mobilised by the Nigerian Labour Congress in support of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The plea by Sirika is coming behind the heels of some of the workers in the sector who had planned to shut down airports in solidarity with ASUU.
But reacting to the threat, Sirika, shortly after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, warned that the job of aviation management goes beyond flying but that its impact transcends all sectors of the economy.