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BREAKING: Buhari Stops Purchase Of Vehicles! Is Buhari Serious About Reducing Cost Of Governance?


Jun. 25, 2020

Source: Channels TV
With Wednesday’s approval of the N2.3 trillion Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan by the Federal Executive Council, the Federal Government has stopped what it called non-critical and administrative capital spending, including the purchase of vehicles, Punch reports.
According to the newspaper, this information was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina in a document titled "What you need to know about the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan". It was made available to journalists on Thursday. 
Source: Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria
Though the purchase of vehicles will be stopped forthwith, exceptions will be given to ambulances, fire-fighting vehicles and other essentials. 
Adesina said, "Non-critical and administrative capital spending will be eliminated, including purchase of vehicles (except for ambulances, fire-fighting vehicles and other essentials).”
Source: Naijauto
Recall that last month, Scooper reported that the Namibian government also initiated a new policy suspending the purchase of vehicles for the next five years. Then, we had argued that the Nigerian president should follow the Namibian example. 
The cost that goes into the running of our governance at all levels is staggeringly high. A lot goes into needless purchases and maintenance. We spend so much as if we are so rich. The truth is we are not as rich as we spend. 
Source: YouTube
Coronavirus has shown our leaders this biting reality. For years and years, Nigerian commentators have called for the reduction in our cost of governance but there has never been a leader with the political will to do that. 
With the little Nigeria had, a lot could have been achieved if it was properly spent on important sectors of the economy. Instead, we chose to spend it on the greed and opulence of our politicians. 
We commend the president for taking this new direction, howbeit a belated one.
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