To mitigate the hardship caused by the economic recession, many federal civil servants are said to be applying for transfer to their states of origin.
According to Financial Watch, an online business news platform, the workers regret the increasing high cost of living with regard to house rents, transportation as well as food items, which they claim are no longer affordable, except government increases salaries to enable them to meet their demands.
According to a reliable source, the ministries of education, information, agriculture, health, aviation, power, works and housing as well as, some of their departments and agencies are deeply affected.
The source also added that the request for transfer is also as a result of the failure of government to keep to its promise of paying salaries to civil servants latest by 25th of every new month. “Today, many civil servants get their salaries sometimes two weeks into another month.
An official of one of the parastatals in the Ministry of Information said: ‘’Some of us, as I speak with you, have been transferred to our states of origin. We are quite confident that we would be able to manage whatever salary we receive monthly, now that such transfer windows have been opened to us.
The government has however, denied granting transfer requests on any civil servant on account of economic recession.
The Director of Communications, Office of the Head of the Civil Service (HOS), Rasheed Haruna Imrana, told newsmen that there was nothing like that happening in the service.
‘There is proper control in the movement of staff in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). To the best of our knowledge, there is nothing like workers seeking transfer to their states of origin on the ground of economic challenges. There is absolutely nothing like that,’’Imrana explained.
He further stated that civil servants have been adapting to the current situation by carrying out their duties diligently and the government is doing everything possible within available resources to ensure that the work environment and welfare packages of civil servants are greatly enhanced.