Ilorin – Mr Farouk Akanbi, NLC Chairman in Kwara, has said that Federal Government’s decision to streamline JAMB and NECO will lead to massive job loss in the country.
Akanbi, who made this known in an interview with journalists on Friday, said the decision had both positive and negative implications.
According to him, one of the most negative implications is the thousands of jobs that may be lost as a result of the cancellation of the two examination bodies.
“If JAMB and NECO is scrapped, what will be the fate of the workers of these organisations that are in all the 36 states of the country?” he queried.
Akanbi said government should not rush to streamline the examination bodies without first considering the fate of the workers.
The NLC chairman also said that a lot of things should be put in place before government entrust the responsibility of conducting examinations solely on WAEC.
Akanbi, who is also NUT Chairman in the state, noted that WAEC did not belong to Nigeria alone as it was a body jointly owned by some West African countries.
He noted that it was a good move for Federal Government to streamline the number of agencies in the country.
The NLC chairman, however, said such move should start from the Presidency and National Assembly, as the two bodies took the lion share of the nation’s budget recurrent expenditure.
“We should not just scrap JAMB and NECO. We should request National Assembly to maintain fiscal discipline,” Akanbi said.
He said that reducing the cost of governance should not be done in isolation, but across board.
According to him, Nigerian workers must not be made to suffer government’s decision to reduce cost in governance. (NAN)