The need to reward party loyalty and pander to political considerations are unarguably the main reasons why it has been impossible for President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver on the promise of a lean bureaucracy.
According to the Executive Director of Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CASER), Frank Tietie, who made the assertion in a chat with The Guardian, the idea of small government canvassed by All Progressives Congress (APC) government remains a ruse because the country runs a government with a culture of reward.
Tietie, who is a lawyer by profession, contended that the creation of an additional five new federal ministries and recent plan by the Senate to expend N5.5billion on the procurement of operational vehicles for 109 Senators rubs off negatively on the government.
The legal practitioner’s views come on the heels of a recent declaration by the Kogi State governorship candidate of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr. Emmanuel Orugun, that he would not fight corruption with mere words if elected governor in the November 16, 2019, gubernatorial election in the state.
Orugun, an engineer, said he would avoid the mistakes of APC by showing publicly and practically that he is opposed to corruption, noting that since “corruption and development are two extreme entities, the more you have of one, the less you will definitely have of the other.”
He disclosed that 100 per cent development from a given value of financial resources means that we have zero corruption and vice versa. The ANRP candidate assured that if given the chance to govern Kogi State, corruption would be one of the greatest problems the party will solve by adopting some methods such as transparency, open accountability, removal of cash transactions, proper accounting for project spending and use of software in managing governance processes and payments.
He stated: “In ANRP, we will not fight corruption bluntly, but will make use of smart software to monitor activities and projects like or similar to Enterprise Resource Planning, commonly called ERPs, as is done in private companies and financial institutions.
“As part of the revenue drive, we will open up our existing naturally occurring business opportunities in the areas of trade and investment, transportation, making Kogi State a transit traveling state, engineering and maintenance and solid minerals and tourism. Kogi State is naturally positioned almost within the middle of Nigeria and this presents us with an advantage in transportation network to all major cities in Nigeria.
“Workers have always been the greatest asset in any organization, be it private or public. Workers’ welfare will be given topmost priority. We will also solve the problem of percentage payments of salaries, especially as it affects local government workers by getting into the roots of the problem, sit with all stakeholders affected, open the books and solve the problem permanently, once and for all.”