President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the downsizing of the workforce as part of exercise to shake up Aso Rock, the seat of power.
According to a memorandum released on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the exercise was ordered by President Buhari to, among others reduce administrative cost.
“The Presidency wishes to confirm that there is, on-going, and unprecedented overhaul of the nation’s seat of government, arising from which a number of political appointments have either been revoked or not renewed in the Second Term.
Shehu went on to say that “the exercise, which has been ordered by the President, is to streamline decision-making, cut down multiple authorities and reduce the cost of administration.”
There has been widespread criticism to the Buhari-led administration on issues bothering on oversized workforce resulting to obvious inefficiency.
To clear up this perception, Shehu said, “It is also an appropriate response to the general perception that the Presidency has an oversized and bloated workforce which acts as a drag on efficiency.”
“As may have been noticed by discerning members of the public, a number of political appointees among the few that served in the office of the President were not returned for the Second Term.
“The office of the Vice President, His Excellency Yemi Osinbajo has, in compliance with the directive of the President, equally been shed of a number of such appointees.
“In carrying out these exercises, the overriding objective is to save taxpayer money and deliver needed service to the public. As far as the President is concerned, there is no scope for an excuse for administration after getting a huge mandate to run the country for four more years.”