Nigeria Can’t Be the Same After Losing 70% Oil Revenue – Lai Mohammed
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has urged Nigerians to reflect on the present difficulties confronting the nation by empathy, that is switching position with Nigeria.
At a Town Hall meeting at City Hall on Lagos Island, Mohammed said:
He said: “Think about this, if you lose 70 per cent of your monthly salary, your life can never be the same again,’’ Mohammed said.
“Our nation’s economy or whatever is left of it, poses a great challenge. For one, we have lost a sizeable chunk of our earnings to the massive crash in the price of oil.
He noted that at its worst level, oil crashed from over 100 dollars to about 30 dollars a barrel.
“It (oil) has recently inched up to about 40 dollars per barrel but that is still very low, compared to a high of over 100 dollars per barrel. For a mono-product economy, this is nothing short of disaster,’’ the minister said.
Mohammed however said the Buhari government is trudging on.
He mentioned the Treasury Single Account, through which over N2 trillion has been funnelled into an account.. TSA is a financial policy which kicked off on Sept. 15, 2015.
The policy is meant to consolidate all inflows from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by way of deposit into commercial banks, traceable into a single account at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“This administration has decided to plug all financial loopholes through the Treasury Single Account (TSA), into which over N2 trillion has accrued so far.
“Funds that ordinarily would have gone into private pockets are now finding their way into the public treasury, to be used for the benefit of all.
“Also, about 36,000 ghost workers have been discovered and weeded out, saving the government millions of naira,’’ the minister said.
According to him, the budget has recorded a first with the capital expenditure being increased to 30 per cent.
“Beyond that, there are six social intervention areas that will directly touch the lives of millions of citizens and lift them out of poverty.
Mohammed noted that 500,000 graduates would be employed and trained as teachers.
The minister added that 370,000 non-graduates (artisans, technicians) would be trained and employed, while one million people (farmers, market women, etc) would be granted loans to set up small businesses.
He also noted that there would be Conditional Cash Transfer to the most vulnerable people; school feeding targeting 4.5 million school children; as well as Bursaries/Scholarships for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) students.
He urged all Nigerians to rise and be part of the war against corruption.
“ All of us must be part of the war. It is not Buhari’s war. It is not APC’s war. It is Nigeria’s war of survival and defeat will only sentence all of us and our generations yet unborn into perpetual penury.
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