Ever since his campaign days, President Buhari has always proposed change for and in Nigeria. He has been quite particular about the lavish spending in government. On Wednesday, President Buhari put a stop to the funding of medical trips for Nigerian officials from the national coffers.
As the Nigerian President ordered the Arrest of Fulani-terrorists across the nation, he also gave a sneak peak to a proposed “change begins with me” campaign. In line with this ‘CHANGE’ mantra, the president has decided to implement a deserving change in the way Nigerian Officials spend money.
The announcement was made during the opening ceremony of the 56th Annual General Conference and delegates meeting of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, in Sokoto. The President was represented by the Minister of Health Professor Isaac Adewole at the occasion. He said:
“While this administration will not deny anyone of his or her fundamental human rights, we will certainly not encourage expending Nigerian hard-earned resources on any government official seeking medical care abroad, when such can be handled in Nigeria.”
Amidst all lapses and oversights, the current Nigerian administration has been resilient in the enforcement of austerity measures where necessary. Over time President Buhari has made relentless efforts to recover looted Nigerian money stashed away in other countries.
The Nigerian economy has gone through a lot in the past few months. Little wonder why the President is not backing down on ensuring the judicious spending from the national treasury.
The federal government says henceforth, there will be no monetary provision for any Nigerian official to travel overseas for a medical attention that can be provided here. Earlier than now, Mr president also banned all first class flight arrangements for Nigerian officials on assignments.
The President did not also forget to mention that the initial practice by Nigerian Officials was unpatriotic. He said it has hindered the progress of health facilities in the country. He also urged health professionals to co-operate with each other.