The federal government of Nigeria has suspended recruitment into the nation’s civil service indefinitely as parts of a general cut in government expenditure.
Similarly, Naija News understands the federal government is proposing to cut the 2020 budget size by N1.5 trillion from N10.59 trillion to N9.09 trillion.
The budget revisions would also be reworked based on a worst-case scenario of $30 per barrel at 2.18 million barrels per day.
The proposed cuts were announced by Zainab Ahmed, Nigeria’s minister of finance, budget and national planning after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.
However, before the proposals become effective, it has to be approved by the National Assembly.
“From the expenditure side, the president has approved that we should cut down the capital expenditure budgeted by 20% across ministries, departments and agencies,” the Minister is quoted by NAN to have said on Wednesday.
“Also, a 25% cut of all government-owned enterprises and these include the ones that are in the national budget, the 10 top ones we included in the 2020 budget but also those we did not include in the 2020 budget.
“So, all of these would have their recurrent expenditure and capital expenditure cut down by 25%.
“By these measures, we expect that the operating surpluses that would accrue to the federation will increase because when their operational expenditure reduces the operating surpluses that they remit to the treasury will also increase significantly.”
“I can just say that the bulk cut is about N1.5 trillion, the reduction in the size of the budget. And this includes N457 billion from PMS under-recovery,” she explained.
The finance minister added that all recruitment into the federal civil service would be suspended except for essential services such as security and health services until when things improve.
She added that the wage bill is high already and the President has insisted that salaries and pensions must be paid unfailingly.
“On recruitment, there is already an instruction to stop recruitment. What the agencies have been doing is replacement but even that is being suspended,” she said.
“When things improve we will go back to the issue of recruitment but for now, our wage bill is already very high.
“The president has directed that salaries and pensions must be paid unfailingly. We are maintaining our workforce as it is but we are just stopping the increase in the size of the nominal roll.”