As part of cutting the cost of governance in the country, the Presidency has disclosed that President Bola Tinubu is working closely with the 10th National Assembly on the reduction of government expenditure.
Speaking on the Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Monday, Naija News gathered that the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, said increasing revenue is a top-line priority for the government, but it won’t be swift.
Ngelale said President Tinubu, however, trust that he can do much to clean up federal expenditure and ensure the reduction of the cost of governance.
The presidential aide submitted that “The President is working hand in hand with the National Assembly to see how we can also bring down the level of expenditure within the National Assembly, both on the books and off the books.
“What I mean by off the books without being controversial is that we know that there has been a history of the National Assembly injecting a lot of projects within MDAs that may not be suited to the function and roles of those Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), and the President is ready to do that.
“Increasing revenue is a top-line priority on his table, but it is not a one-strike solution. There are multiple elements to how he is going to do that – one of them is ensuring that we clean up federal expenditure in such a way that we don’t have the kinds of duplication that we have seen in the past when it comes to the expenditure in our ministries, departments, and agencies.
“The President has been very open about the fact that he is going to not only dust off the outside reports but that he is going to be the President that implements them. He has been clear about that.”
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