Groups Petition Jonathan Over Impunity in Public Finance Management

Jonathan-news 600By Abdoulaye Kay

The Stop Impunity Nigeria (SIN), Citizens Wealth Platform (CWP) and Say No Campaign Nigeria (SNCN) on Friday have petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan against impunity of Nigerians in the Public Finance Management.

The petition was presented on behalf of the groups by Ibrahim Tudun-Doki to the Speaker, Sokoto State House of Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Zayannu for onward transmission to the Presidency.

According to the groups, the N150 billion allocated to the National Assembly (NASS) annually since 2010 and projected till 2016, under the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2014-2016 (MTEF), was unacceptable.

While decrying the oil theft estimated at 400,000 barrels of crude oil and trillions of Naira lost to oil subsidy, the groups also called on the Presidency to arrest and prosecute those behind the 45,000 ghost workers, which illegal earnings allegedly amounts to over N100 billion.

They further noted that public fund must, hence forth, “not be used in sponsoring thieves for medical tourism, bloated security, entertainment, welfare votes and the host of other frivolous expenditures.”

The petition also stated that the budget of NASS should be reduced to N50 billion.

“NASS should publish details of all statutory transfers in the Appropriation Act and allocate a minimum of 40% of the budget to capital expenditure,” it further read.

Urging the presidency to release and implement the White Paper on Oronsaye Committee report and take steps to reduce recurrent expenditure, the groups also called on the Presidency to ensure that no public officer has more than two cars; ensure transparency in the release of SURE-P funds; inaugurate National Council on Public Procurement and clean up the public procurement system.

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