Nigeria Tam Tam: Foreign trips budget?

The N11.25bn budget on foreign trips 

BudgetEMERGING indication that ministries, departments  and agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government will spend a whopping N11.25 billion  on foreign trips alone in the 2012 budget is deplorable, scandalous, and shamefully insensitive to the state of the nation. It amounts to no more than  unbridled expenditure and wastage of taxpayers’ money in frivolous  entertainment of a few privileged public officials under the guise of  official foreign trips.


Given the current ugly state of affairs in the  country, especially, with regard to fuel subsidy removal, which has  occasioned spiralling inflation, the logical step would have been for  government to shelve most foreign trips this year to reduce cost of  governance, and show seriousness of its empathy, if any, with the people;  rather than behaving in a business as usual manner.  Government should be minded that Nigerians are deeply aggrieved over removal of fuel subsidy which, according to government, is meant to raise funds for infrastructure development, but which  has not gone down well with Nigerians....Read More...


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