The Federal Government has through its Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, debunked alleged plans to retrench civil servants.
Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, reiterated that the present administration was however committed to removing ghost workers from the public system instead.
Earlier in the month, the federal government had revealed that it was soon to expose 11,000 ghost workers who have been on its payroll in its second batch of staff audit, as the first batch exposed 23,000 ghost workers in its payroll, saving the nation N2.29bn per month.
It was disclosed that the ministry of finance was employing computer technicians to investigate the 11,000 affected cases, promising that Nigerians would be informed on the money saved from the exercise.
Hajiya Ahmed made this known in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja by Mr Charles Dafe, Director of Information in the Ministry, when Vice President African Region, World Bank, Mr Makhtar Diop, visited the minister in Abuja.
The Federal Government said it was making a thorough scrutiny on public expenditure to guarantee better returns on expenditure to ensure that Nigerians receive better returns on their expenditure, especially, in the productive sector of the economy.
Hajiya Zainab Ahmed requested the assistance of the World Bank to address the challenges confronting the country’s agricultural and economic sectors.
According to the ststement, government will send some specific requests to the world bank, for assistance in areas like agriculture and public expenditure review.
Also, empowering the National Bureau to perform, household, inflation and poverty measurement surveys, including approaching other development partners to provide more grants support to Nigeria, were some of the proposed requests of government to the World Bank.
The Vice-President of the World Bank, who said that the bank understood the present plight of Nigeria, the challenges of security and present fall in oil price resulting in dwindling revenue, promised that the bank would provide helpful economic advice and better financial services to help Nigeria’s economy as well as support the country to grow its agricultural sector.