Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity on Monday let the nation in on the state of the economy.
Garba Shehu, a Nigerian Presidential Aide has confirmed that the current administration now saves the sum of N8 billion every month, courtesy of the discovery of about 40, 000 ghost workers.
“So far, the federal payroll has been rid of about 40,000 ghost workers. More than eight billion naira stolen monthly has been saved.”
He says that the federal government is dedicated at this point in time to ensure that wasteful spending in government and the nation at large is curtailed.
Particularly they are working towards a means that will put a stop in both State and local governments from mismanaging and embezzling funds.
“The Federal Government is not limiting the reforms to the centre, but forcing state governments to reform their spending and build savings or investments.”
According to the statement issued by Garba Shehu, the austerity measures includes probing suspected top government and military personnel.
“Look at what a civilian administration is today doing to the military, investigating their finance and accounts that the military could not do to themselves.”
“We are also saving on wasteful expenses like First Class Travel and Private Jets for official trips.”
He said the government is doing all it can to improve business competition in the country by creating jobs and investing on capital projects. The nation is gradually diversifying the economy via Agriculture, Solid Minerals and Manufacturing sectors.
Speaking in defense of Buhari’s administration, Garba Shehu says that Nigeria has never had a “clear direction and strategy for achieving growth and development” until now.
He went on to demonize the past Goodluck Jonathan administration, accusing them for their extravagant spending.
“Revisionists may not agree, but the truth of the matter is that the previous administration only had one issue, which was how to spend money (oil revenues and borrowed money),” he said.