Cost of Governance: APC hails Buhari, says PDP’s era of Jamboree is over.
The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to reduce the cost of governance by cutting down on certain excesses of top government officials, saying the president’s action signals the end of an era that was symptomatic of the ruinous days of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on Thursday in Abuja said Preaident Buhari’s approval of the immediate implementation of sweeping cost saving measures is aimed at instilling financial discipline and prudence. “Clearly, the era of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP’s governments when ministers and other senior government appointees splashed our commonwealth on private jet trips, first-class tickets and limousines to ferry family and cronies around are over. Our public resources are now being rightly deployed to address our national infrastructure needs, social investments and other initiatives that directly benefit the people” APC declared. The party said it welcomes the presidential directive to ministers and other heads of government agencies to suspend foreign travels and defend their budgets before the National Assembly, saying this will not only foster smooth legislative-executive relations but also ensure that budget passage is speedy and returned to the January-December cycle.
“This is another fulfilment of the president’s election promise to cut the cost of governance, curb leakages, end impunity and ensure adherence to the rule of law by all departments of government. “To list a few of the approved measures to instil financial discipline and prudence on government trips, all public-funded trips must be strictly for official purposes and must be backed with documented evidence. The classes of tickets approved for government officials on official trips have been clearly spelt out. In effect, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants to the President, Chairmen of Extra-Ministerial Departments and Chief Executive Officers of Parastatals are allowed to fly Business Class. Other categories of Public Officers are to travel on Economy Class. “Government will no longer fund extended stays. Duration of official trips is limited to only the number of days of the event as contained in the supporting documents to qualify for public funding. “The APC administration remains resolute in fulfilling its promises to the people of Nigeria”, the party added.
First Seen on Vanguard News, written by Omeiza Ajayi.