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Agbakoba to Buhari: Implement Oronsaye report

Posted: Apr 17, 2015 at 5:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Temidayo Akinsuyi Snr. Correspondent, Lagos


Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, has urged President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to study the report of the Oronsaye committee and ensure its implementation so as to reduce excess government spending.

Speaking in a chat with Daily Independent on Thursday, Agbakoba who frowned at the high cost of governance in Nigeria, especially jumbo pay by lawmakers said it is unethical for government to be spending 85% of the national budget on few officials at the expense of millions of Nigerians.

“The purpose and terms of reference of the report was to review the public sector to determine the box-load and to see whether scrapping some of the content will reduce the box-load and to also see whether there are agencies that  can be merged together to avoid duplication and therefore cut waste and make it efficient”.

“Clearly, I think a starting point for the incoming president is to study the report and take decision on how he wants to implement them.” “Even without the report, many people know that there are too many government agencies, too many government officials and it is not sustainable that we spend 85% of our revenue on less than 500,000 Nigerians to the exclusion of 170 million Nigerians”.

“We are spending too much money on the civil service. That is what the Oronsaye report established. So, if we want a new and efficient government where things are done appropriately, without the Oronsaye report, we definitely have to do something about it”

“The National Assembly consumes 25% of our national resource, that is horrendously outrageous.  They refused to follow the Revenue Fiscal and Mobilisation Commission requirement that salaries are set by them. So, how can we have a situation where the national assembly is spending 25% of our national budget plus an overbloated civil service?  I know that there will be pain but the truth is that no pain, no gain.

“That is why President Buhari must devise an agenda for expanding the economy. It is not just about him sacking people so as to reduce the workforce. I have always talked about the fact that the maritime sector can generate a lot of jobs.  There has to be a holistic, comprehensive developmental agenda that shakes up Nigeria and put people in the right place so that the government is not seen as the only employer of labour”.