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Oronsanya Report: Scrap Offices Of Nigeria’s First Lady, First Son – ACC Tells Tinubu

The Steve Oronsaye Report, which aims to reduce government costs, was endorsed by Chief Bola Tinubu, who has drawn criticism from the African Action Congress (AAC).

Although the party accepted that work duplication among parastatals needed to be addressed, it denounced Tinubu’s administration for what it considered to be a dishonest action.

The AAC questioned the reasoning behind President Tinubu’s significant billion-naira subsidisation of the Pilgrimage Commission in a recent statement, drawing attention to the expense in a secular state.

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The party expressed confusion over the government’s priorities and highlighted the paradox of supporting money for religious travel while also pushing for lower governance costs.

In the statement signed by the AAC National Publicity Secretary, Femi Adeyeye, the party queried, “How do you say you want to reduce cost of governance yet fund unproductive parastatals and your government has apparently created Office of the First Lady and that of the first Son?”

“That’s a joke,” the party maintained.

The party raised a number of issues in answer to a question from Vanguard Newspaper on whether state governments ought to adopt the Oronsaye report in order to follow the federal government’s present effort to reduce governance costs.

The AAC spokesman said, “I think the first port of call is to look at the report itself.

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“The Oronsaye report in itself is a bit outdated, needs a lot of constitutional bureaucracy to come to life and it’s somehow deficient in the area of reducing “cost of governance.”

He added that “any ideological person will know that it’s just a means to reduce how much money is spent to cater for civil servants in MDAs.”

The party noted that the report is deficient, noting that it has not addressed “why a President will appoint 52 Ministers (highest since 1999) and many SAs to SSAs. How do you claim you are reducing or merging agencies but you increase Ministries? That’s plus 2, minus 2, which is equal to zero.

“The ultimate goal should be to reduce the cost of running the lifestyle of those in government. You can merge EFCC and ICPC. Good. But then scrap the office of the First Lady and first son. Merge Senate and House of Reps where billions are shared on a monthly basis, or better still keep one, scrap one. That’s our manifesto at the African Action Congress (AAC).”

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According to the party, “the resources of Nigerians should not be used to service a bicameral legislative system.

“Many also do not know that the report recommends a wicked cut down on spending on social services, especially education and that’s what the Tinubu regime is targeting. The regime knows what and what it wants to implement in the report. Nigerians can’t be fooled.

“Until this is addressed, the State following what you call example of the Federal Government is defective. And with our history of poor policy and implementation, the states will just end up laying off innocent workers.”

 

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