Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked Nigerian leaders to abandon luxury and adjust to the reality that comes with living in a pandemic.
He asked the federal government to sell the presidential jet the N27 billion being proposed for the remodel of the National Get together.
In an announcement gave yesterday, Atiku depicted the decrease of the 2020 spending plan by 0.6 percent as “window dressing”.
“It is to my dismay that regardless of the accident in the cost of oil, and the failure of Nigeria to grow our income base through the non-oil area, the FG of Nigeria has just decided to cut our financial limit by a minor 0.6 percent This speaks to a decrease of just 71 billion,” Atiku, who was the presidential candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 election, said.
“Setting politics issues aside, this is horribly inadequate and deceives the reality we have put some distance between the present real factors in the worldwide political economy.”
Clarifying that unrefined creation and income projections have been severely influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic, Atiku said the 2020 spending plan ought to have been cut by at any rate 25%.
“How might anybody legitimize a decrease in use of simply 0.6per penny? We can’t be the main country evading the pattern?
“Saudi Arabia, a country with an a lot more grounded creation limit than our own and with a bigger worldwide piece of the pie, just as an outside save that is multiple times our own, has sliced
her spending limit by very nearly 30 percent. Likewise for other oil economies.
“Any spending cut that is under 25 percent won’t be in light of a legitimate concern for Nigeria.”
Posting things that ought to be canceled from the financial limit, Atiku said the N27 billion spending plan for the remodel of the national get together ought to be rejected close by the monies planned for buying vehicles for the president and other political officeholders.
“The billions planned for the movements and taking care of the president and VP must be decreased. Sell eight or nine of the planes in the presidential air armada,” he exhorted.
“Leave the pay rates of government workers alone, yet decrease the compensations of political deputies.”