The minister of finance, budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed has said the planned recruitment into the country’s civil service would be suspended.
The minister was, however, quick to add that, except for essential services such as security and health services.
She said the federal executive council also agreed to restore and compliant by the civil service retirement regulations, while the modalities for the implementation of the social investment programme would also be reviewed.
Ahmed also disclosed that the federal executive council (FEC) agreed to review the non-essential tax rebate currently being implemented to cut down on tax expenditure so as to generate more revenue.
She said, “On recruitment, there is already an instruction to stop recruitment. What the agencies have been doing is replacement but even that is being suspended.
“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,” she added.