The Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun has dismissed the justification of low remuneration by stealing.
Speaking to journalists while inaugurating the Efficiency Unit, E-UNIT, in Abuja, on Monday, the minister wondered why any one would think low salary is enough justification to steal.
“You can’t address low remuneration by stealing. Stealing is stealing and we cannot justify stealing because of poor remunerations. Not everybody steals. Not everybody is willing to steal and not everybody has the opportunity to steal so stealing is not the way to address low remuneration. I think the two must be separated. Stealing is stealing and it is a crime,” Adeosun said.
“If you say that because your salary is small therefore you can steal public money then that is to say that those who have no jobs have a right to steal. Stealing is stealing and we need to address it and we need to address stealing aggressively.”
Meanwhile, the minister said that the Federal Government would come up with new price benchmarks to drive its expenditure guidelines in the pursuit of cut in cost of governance.
“We are going to issue a circular to all MDAs, saying, this is the cost of (a realm) paper and if you go above it, the Permanent Secretary or whoever is approving it must have a reason to say, for instance, in this area, this is the price.
“We are just trying to establish benchmarks and we believe in so doing, we are going to make everybody much more cost conscious on how they spend public funds. At the moment, there is no guideline and where there is no law, there is no sin. So we need to establish such guidelines to guide how people spend (government) money.”
“In the few weeks I have spent as the Minister of Finance, it has become clear that without a radical intervention to manage the costs of governance, no meaningful improvement in our nation will be forthcoming.
“Our initial review has found wide variations in the prices of basic items between departments and within agencies. Paper costs varied by up to 80 per cent between departments; range of prices of airline flights to the same destination differed by 100 per cent; printer cartridges of the same specification ranged in price from N16,000 to N62,000.
“The problem we have right now is that there is no standard. For instance, there is no standard on the fare you are to spend. So, what this unit will be doing is to benchmark what government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, spend on various items. We will go round the private sector to know what they spend on such items and then we will benchmark government expenditure.
“No amount of fiscal innovation, financial re-engineering or other well-intentioned economic policy will deliver the desired results, for as long as the manner in which government money is expended is not carefully controlled. We need to put the fiscal house in order.”
As she inaugurated the E-UNIT, she assured that there would be no conflict between the unit and the Bureau of Public Procurement in their functions.
“BPP deals with the awards of contracts. What we are doing is not with selection of contracts. What we are doing has to do with the day-to-day overhead expenditure and at the moment, there is no guideline on that. E-UNIT is pruning down fuelling, photocopiers costs, papers, the day-to-day expenditures but those day-to-day costs when actually added up are more than the capital budgets that is what we are trying to address,” she said.
Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.
Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.
Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.
Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;
“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”
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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims
Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.
It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.
The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.
Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.
In his words;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.
Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.
The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own.
my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue
we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price
I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you
While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”
Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.
If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”
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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
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