Shonekan wants realistic remuneration for public sector
March 10, 2006

The former Head of State and Chairman of the Presidential Committee on the Consolidation of Emoluments in the Public Sector, Chief Emest A. O. Shonekan has stated that the unrealistic remuneration system in the public sector was responsible to the very low morale of the public servants in the country.

Chief Shonekan stated this during South East zonal interactive session organized by the Presidential Committee on the Consolidation of Emoluments in the Public Sector held at Hotel Presidential, Enugu.

The Committee Chairman disclosed that Government was desirous of putting in place a mechanism for effecting adjustments in the incomes of its workforce on a regular basis.

He said that the committee would come up with a remuneration package that will be good enough and sufficient to attract and retain in the public sector the best materials in terms of human resources available in Nigeria.

Chief Shonekan noted that the zonal interactive session was designed to get the opinion of all the stakeholders and also carry the generality of Nigerians along in the matter that affects them since government is the greatest employer of labour in the country.

In his speech, the Governor of Enugu State, Chimaroke Nnamani commended the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for constituting the committee, expected to address the disparity in the pay packet of the public and private sectors in the land.

Governor Nnamani who was represented by his deputy, Chief Okechukwu Itanyi, note that the salary of the public servants needed to be reviewed but added that it has to be within the financial resources of government.

. He said that the state government was committed to improving the welfare of its public officers and urged the committee to come out with a very realistic package that would meet the economic situation in the country.

The Governor used the occasion to appeal to the committee to use their good office to review upwards the Revenue Allocation Formula due to the States.


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