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The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged the Federal Government to create an enabling working environment that could bring about an increase in productivity.

ASCSN’s President, Mr Tommy Okon, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige, had said that the government would soon announce salary increments for civil servants and public officials due to the steady increase in prices of consumables.

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“We accept the fact that there should be increase in salary, which is long overdue, but for us to reduce inflation because if you increase salary and inflation still bites hard, it therefore means that whatever you are increasing is meaningless

“Government should pay attention to production by revamping all the industries that have gone moribund, reduce the consumption and improve exports.

“If you improve exports, the foreign earnings will bring down the level of inflation and our local currency will have strength to compete favourably and that will save the workers rights and also give workers hope for 2023, “ he said.

Okon said that come 2023, there should be a symbiotic relationship between the government and the unions.

According to him, where there is effective labour management relations, industrial peace and harmony, there is bound to be productivity.

“Also, when there is productivity, it is increased; then there is what we call national competitiveness and international ranking which will save us in the world of work as expected in 2023, “ he said.

The labour leader also called for social links with the informal sector vis a vis the new monetary policy; according to him, the informal economy does not depend so much on banking.

He urged the government to review the withdrawal limit proposed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), especially with the Point of Sale (POS), which every informal economy depended on.

“In as much as we are not against the new financial policy as it affects the cashless economy, there should, however, be an avenue where the limit as proposed to by the CBN should be re- looked into.

“Without the informal economy thriving, there will be a lot of poverty in spite of the social safety net; when the informal sector survives, it thereby reduces the unemployment situation in the country, “ Okon said.

He urged the government to ensure peaceful coexistence during the festival season, ensuring that all its security arms were well to maintain peace in the country without being politically biased.

Okon said: “The government should also ensure that it checks the incessant kidnappings, banditry and high level insecurity in the country.

”This will enable farmers to go to farm and have enough produce for export and also, domestic consumption. “

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Fuel subsidy was removed for Nigeria not to go bankrupt – Tinubu

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President Bola Tinubu has said that fuel subsidy was removed to save the country from going bankrupt.

Speaking as one of the panelists at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday, April 28, Tinubu said he was convinced it was in the best interest of the people.

He said; “For Nigeria, we are immensely consistent with belief that the economic collaboration and inclusiveness are necessary to engender stability in the rest of the world.

“Concerning the question of the subsidy removal, there is no doubt that it was a necessary action for my country not to go bankrupt, to reset the economy and pathway to growth.

“It is going to be difficult, but the hallmark of leadership is taking difficult decisions at the time it ought to be taken decisively. That was necessary for the country.

“Yes, there will be blowback, there is expectation that the difficulty in it will be felt by greater number of the people, but once I believe it is their interest that is the focus of the government, it is easier to manage and explain the difficulties.

“Along the line, there is a parallel arrangement to really cushion the effect of the subsidy removal on the vulnerable population of the country. We share the pain across board, we cannot but include those who are vulnerable.

“Luckily, we have a very vibrant youthful population interested in discoveries by themselves and they are highly ready for technology, good education committed to growth.

“We are able to manage that and partition the economic drawback and the fallout of subsidy removal.”

The President who stated that fuel subsidy removal engendered accountability, transparency and physical discipline for the country, also talked about exchange rate unification.

According to President Tinubu, the management of the nation’s currency by the government was as well necessary to allow the Naira compete favourably with other world currencies.

He said; “The currency management was necessary equally to remove the artificial elements of value in our currency. Let our local currency find its level and compete with the rest of the world currency and remove arbitrage, corruption and opaqueness.

“That we did at the same time. That is two engine problem in a very template situation for the government, but we are able to manage that turbulence because we are prepared for inclusivity in governance and rapid communication with the public to really see what is necessary and what you must do.”

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The Naira experienced a further appreciation at the official market, trading at N1,382.95 to a dollar on Tuesday.

Data from the official trading platform of the FMDQ revealed that the Naira strengthened by N25.09 or 1.78 per cent, compared to the previous day’s rate of N1,408 against the dollar.

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However, the total turnover increased to $245.58 million on Tuesday, up from $222.15 million recorded on Monday.

Meanwhile, at the Investor’s and Exporters’ (I&E) window, the Naira traded between N1,486 and N1,300 against the dollar.

The reports gathered that the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) had, earlier on Tuesday at its 294th Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), raised Monetary Policy Rate (MPR), by 200 basis points from 22.75 per cent to 24.75 per cent.

CBN governor Yemi Cardoso said that was meant to tackle the nation’s rising inflation.

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The Ministry of Petroleum Resources as well as its agencies and parastatals are expected to brainstorm on emerging developments in the oil and gas industry, at a sectoral retreat scheduled to hold in Abuja.

Mrs Oluwakemi Ogunmakinwa, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, said in a statement on Sunday that the retreat would focus on the Ministerial Deliverables (2023-2027) for the oil and gas sector.

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The retreat with the theme: “Building Synergy for Enhanced Development in the Oil and Gas Sector” would hold between March 26 and March 28.

Ogunmakinwa stated that the retreat would also fashion the way forward for the industry as earmarked by President Bola Tinubu.

“In the course of the retreat, heads of agencies under the ministry will be required to make presentations on the mandate, vision and mission of their respective organisations,” she stated.

According to Ogunmakinwa, the Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Oil), Sen. Heineken Lokpobiri and the Minister of State Petroleum Resources (Gas), Mr Ekperikpe Ekpo will be attending the retreat.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Amb. Nicholas Agbo Ella, Directors in the Ministry, as well as the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Directors from the Agencies under the supervision of the Ministry would also be in attendance.

It would be recalled that President Bola Tinubu had the first year Ministerial Retreat with Ministers, Presidential Aides, Permanent Secretaries and top government functionaries from Nov. 1 to Nov. 3, 2023.

The retreat by the president was to chart a path for progress and prosperity of the nation, where he charged the participants to deliver on their mandates for the sake of Nigerians.

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