President Muhammadu Buhari has said even though he desires to do it, his administration cannot increase civil servants’ salaries due to the global economic downturn.
Newsbreak.ng reports that according to Buhari, his government is working within tight revenue constraints caused by the diversion of resources to urgent security threats nationwide.
The president stated this when he received the Central Working Committee of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) at the State House, Abuja on Friday.
“I wish to urge you to appreciate the revenue constraint being presently faced by the government, which is caused mainly by the activities of unscrupulous citizens through the theft of our crude oil, a major contributor to our revenue base,” Buhari said.
“This is compounded by the global economic downturn as a result of the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, which has led to price increases not just in the costs of goods and services globally, but also in the transportation of these goods and services across the globe.
“You are also aware of the enormous burden placed on our finances by the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, let me note the significant investment we have had to make in security over the last seven years, which means other sectors of the economy have not been able to receive as much funding as we would have liked. Only when our country is secured that we are able to proceed and take on other aspects of our economic challenges.”