Reduction of Working Days Not Economically Beneficial -ASCSN

Says it would affect the productivity of the workforce as Nigerians are used to physical appearance at the workplace.

The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCSN), affirms reduction in the number of days civil servants appear physically at work is not economically beneficial to the country.

ASCSN National President, Mr Tommy Okon, made this known in an interview with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja.

Okon emphasized that the new development would also affect the productivity of the workforce.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had on May 29th, announced the removal of fuel subsidy, prompting economic challenges for the majority of Nigerians.

This led to some civil servants cutting down the number of days they physically appear at work physically.

Meanwhile, Okon said that Nigeria is not ripe for such a system, where people can sit at home and work steadily.

“The issues of poor electricity or internet facilities will naturally pose challenges to such working patterns.

“Nigeria is not there yet because we don’t even have the power, no electricity, the internet facilities and the rest of it.

“We are used to physically being present in the workplace, where things are done. That is the culture of work in Nigeria,” he asserted.

“Also, when you look at the future of work in other developed countries, yes, we can adopt work at home, we can adopt artificial intelligence, we can adopt every other means,”he said.

He added that, but these can not be adopted in the Nigeria context or African extension, because we are trying to come out of the woods because culture and environment are different.

According to Okon, salaries of civil servants have remained static despite the subsidy crisis that has impacted much on the livelihood of Nigerians.

“What is the take home, if you have removed fuel subsidy for three months now and the take home of the federal civil servant remains static, there is nothing coming and nothing going out, it is a problem, ”he said.

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