The Central Working Committee of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has described the government of President Muhammadu Buhari as “worker-friendly.”
The President of the Association, Dr. Tommy Okon, who spoke when he visited the President at the Presidential villa today, August 19, drew attention to the implementation of far-reaching reforms, that include regular payment of salaries and allowances, increase in minimum wage, extension of retirement age for some workers, like teachers, and sustenance of the size of public service in spite of constraints of financing.
Okon however, called for an increase in salaries of civil servants as a result of the increasing cost of living.
He also requested for the restoration of the full payment of gratuity at retirement, harmonization of public service salaries and allowances, and increase in the budget of the National Housing Fund.
He said that the increasing cost of living has made it difficult for many public servants to carry on in spite of the minimum wage review, advising that benefits of all public servants should also be harmonized for fairness.
“There should be equal pay for jobs of equal value,” he added.
The President of ASCSN commended President Buhari for ensuring access and inclusivity in governance, adding that it is the first time the Association is meeting with a President of the country.