Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

Improved staff salary will tackle corruption – NCPC boss

The Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission, NCPC, Rev. Uja Tor Uja, has stated that one of the important approaches of tackling corruption in Nigeria is for the government to improve drastically on the earning power of those who are in federal employ.

He said this during the retirement send-forth ceremony of the director of administration of the commission, Mr. Danjuma Elabi, in Abuja.

Rev Uja thanked the government for making efforts to review the national minimum wage of workers, also stressing that the improvement in the working conditions of public servants should be effected across board.

“Most Nigerian workers are differential beggars. The public appointees are on a salary that cannot build you a house or buy you a car,” he said.

According to Uja, the government needs to extend tax dividends to include the people that work for government and not just in education alone which has the education Tax Fund that helps improve the earning capacity, poor working conditions of public servants and reduce corruption as public servants who are well catered for would not see the need to steal from the government.

“Most honest public servants cannot even set up farms, business or formidable things that they can fall back on for sustenance after retirement,” he said.

While eulogizing the retiring director, Rev Uja explained that Mr. Elabi, is a man that is peaceful to a fault.

He congratulated him for starting and finishing strong and honorably, as he charged him to retire to life and greater achievements and not to death and penury.

Mr. Elabi in his response thanked the executive secretary for his giant strides, speed and efficiency of service as well as thanked the staff and management of NCPC for their cooperation and conducive working atmosphere which he enjoyed while serving.



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