The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), has said despite the claim that Nigeria has exited economic recession, all calibrated critical indices are pointing to the contrary.
According to the Association, nothing appears to be moving in the right direction as all sectors of the economy are bleeding profusely.
Speaking with The Nation, the Association President, Comrade Bobboi Kaigama, said the country is witnessing a deteriorating standard of living, lack of public goods and services, high level of corruption and rent seeking.
He said: “As things stand today, many people cannot eat let alone being in a position to afford ordinary things that make life comfortable and worthy of living. Little wonder, Nigeria that was once ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world now occupies the near bottom position in terms of Happiness Index.
“The deterioration is best exemplified by the surge in vices now recorded in the land. Many Nigerians, especially the youth, want to jet out of the country at all cost in search of the proverbial greener pastures.
“In the process, many have lost their lives in the high sea in an attempt to cross to Europe. Recently, 26 dead bodies of Nigerian women were found in a refrigerated section of a Spanish warship. They were on a rubber boat along with some other migrants, trying to escape from the hardship that we are forced to live with here in Nigeria. We now live in a country where everybody is for himself and God for us all. Life is no doubt getting tougher by the day.”
Kaigama urge governments to rise up to the occasion by taking urgent steps to ameliorate sufferings being experienced by the masses, adding that anything to the contrary will continue to push the country to the precipice with very dire consequences.
On the issue of National Minimum Wage, Kaigama said the Federal Government, instead of inaugurating the Minimum Wage Negotiation Committee, has been dilly dallying on the matter.
“We appeal to the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, inaugurate the panel to do the negotiation so that a new National Minimum Wage for the country can be arrived at in the next few months,” he said.