The Nigerian Government has directed the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages Commission (NSIWC) to review salaries of civil servants and some federal agencies in a move it says would cut the cost of governance.

Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, at a “Policy dialogue on corruption and cost of governance in Nigeria”, a summit organized by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) in Abuja, May 4, 2021, urged all ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) of government to unite together to trim the cost of governance amid dwindling revenue.

THE VENT REPUBLIC reports that Mrs Ahmed claimed that she has been directed by President Buhari to work together with the Head of Service of the Federation to review workers payrolls.

In her words:

“ We still see government expenditure increase to a terrain twice higher than our revenue. The nation’s budgets are filled every year with projects that are recycled over and over again and are also not necessary”

“Mr President has directed that the salaries committee that I chair, work together with the Head of Service and other members of the committee to review the government payrolls in terms of stepping down on cost,” she said.”