Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma has denied any plans to sack employees of the Nigerian Immigrations Services (NIS), Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS) and other employees engaged in paramilitary services. Senator Udoma assured that there is no such plans, while answering questions from the State House Correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting held in Abuja. He also said the government has put plans in place to revive the ailing economy. He further clarified that the plea to the private sector to rethink the planned mass lay-off is because the government is confident that the economy plans will succeed. Responding to the question on the rumor of planned mass lay-off of government employees, he said:
“That is news to me. I am not aware of any instruction to anybody to sack anybody. In fact, the policy of this government; we said so at the beginning that we are not going to retrench. There is a natural wastage which happens in government. There are people who retire, people who may be disciplined but there is no policy in this government to retrench. So, I want to disburse your mind that there is no such policy.
“With regards to the plea to the private sector, it is because we know that by the time the economy picks up, they will need those people again. We know the economy is going to pick up. We are confident about that, that is because of our plan, the plan was conceived because we knew that this was the trajectory we will move into.