The All Progressives Congress (APC) has disclosed that the Federal Government has no plans to slash salaries of civil servants.
The ruling party made this known in a statement released to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.
Equally important, the APC attributed the rumours to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The allegations were debunked by Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) in a statement.
The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, had alleged that it got intelligence report that the Federal Government is planning to slash salaries of workers because of economic reasons.
However, Akpanudoedehe described the allegation as a figment of the opposition party’s imagination.
“The PDP is up to its comical tales on what it terms intelligence at its disposal to slash the salaries of workers in the country. Clearly, only the PDP believes its tales. We are proud of our credentials as a truly progressive and people-centred political party.”
Further, the APC official stressed that rather than thinking of slashing workers’ salaries as alleged by the PDP; the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is committed to the welfare of Nigerian workers. He added that the administration had been tested and proven in this regard; saying that it would continue to match words with actions in line with the APC electoral promises.
Also, he noted that the administration had put in place several social investment programmes targeted at citizens living on the margin.
Among these, he stated, was the implementation of the improved minimum wage; the Economic Sustainability Plan; as well as the mass housing programme which thousands of Nigerians are already benefiting from, among others.
Nigeria is facing a shortfall in revenue generated from crude oil, the mainstay of the economy; with the development engendering claims of belt-tightening measures by the Federal Government.