So I have been reading the news and I found out that the Oshimole led committee is to hire two international auditors to audit the last five years or so of Nigeria’s books. Read the story here if you want to Vanguard . I have a few pulsating questions for us and the so called government inclusive.
1. Sorry but what gives Oshimole the credentials to head this committe? Isn’t he one of the Governors who’s states didn’t pay workers?
2. Don’t we have an Auditor General in Nigeria? I know the office exists – my paternal granpa was Nigeria’s first one post independence (thats my claim to fame free me joor). So is the current Auditor general just there twiddling his thumbs?
3. Shouldn’t the governors be busy developing their states instead of running a committee? Leave that to the folks at audit- if there is a worry that the current auditor general isn’t thorough – send him into retirement and replace him or her. Oshimole and company should focus on building their states – look for ways to increase IGR- not be so hung up on damn Federal allocation.
4. You cannot find every dime that was stolen in Nigeria. They need to select five to 10 top agencies to investigate- what are the top revenue generators for government? Petroleum and maybe ports…go after all the petroleum agencies – not just NNPC, also go after NIMASA, customs and immigration.
5. If Buhari is honest he will also go after his friends- many of them didnt pay salaries, but funded his campaign? Yes I am pointing fingers – a thief is a thief whether or not he is holding an umbrella or a broom.
6. What is Nigerians obsession with International? Do we not have local home grown Nigerian firms capable of systematic auditing of the books? Why have they decided to go with two international firms? Give part of the job to a Nigerian firm- at the end of the day – if the two results don’t meet up- we will know who is capable and who is not.
7. I hope and truly hope Buhari is not going to spend his entire tenure looking for lost money? We need technocrats for ministries appointed so that they can give us an idea of where we are going as an economy. Whether we like it or not- the ministers vision or lack of will be our doing or undoig as a nation.
8. What exactly is Buhari’s vision for Nigeria? Is it sustainable living for all citizens, or taking us back to 1983, probing past government etc. Its a bit unclear. We need it as just a mission statement.
While i understand the monumental tasks ahead – I am a citizen of Nigeria and I do have the right to ask several questions. And in my opinion Nigeria’s greatest problem is not governments or policies or even structures – it is the mind of the people. We are a selfish lot on the whole and that is why nothing works and too many people will readily steal and engage in corrupt practices at the expense of current and future generations.
Please feel free to share your opinions – be they questions, answers, general rants etc on the probing of the GEJ administration and the hands that have being assigned the task.
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