Senator Aliero Decries High Cost Of Governance In Nigeria


Senator Adamu Aliero has decried the heightening cost of governance in Nigeria and particularly cited the culture of engaging too many Aids by principal government officials. In his words,

'We must admit that the cost of governance is quite high but unfortunately that is the nature of the system of government we adopted.'' .. ''Presidential democracy'', he continued ''is very expensive,..  Some people, according to him  are even of the opinion that we should go back to parliamentary democracy where members of parliament also serve as ministers... 

The retinue of Aids attached to every ministry are too many; the same thing with governors where some appoint as many as 400 Aids...for what? he thundered. ''Under normal circumstances, according to the 4 terms Senator,  'no State should have more than ten ministries, but you see some states are having up to 25''. ''To me'', he continued ''it is too large and cumbersome and it amounts to waste of public fund:... 

what should be used for project and development; what is going to be used to give education, water resources, hospital, electricity, roads- all being diverted to funding these Aids that do not contribute much'... 

We were governors but we didn't use to have these large retinue of officials: Senator Aliero, himself a former minister of FCT accused  Ministers  of hiring too many Aids than they are meant to. Ministers, he claims  ''are actually limited to about 2 or 3 Aids, but you have had some ministers appointing up to 7 or 8 Aids and if you ask, they will tell you they are sourcing their money from NGOs;.. what kind of NGO? It is not true. 

It is the Ministry that is paying and I think the office of the SGF should look into this''. He advised that ''Any minister that is exceeding the number of aids allocated to him should be asked to go... Such a minister is clearly not working in tune with the vision of President Bola Tinubu'. Such a minister can go and set up his or her own personal empire and hire as many as possible.

 So, you see, I am for reduced cost of governance because I believe that is the way to go. Indeed, with our meagre resources, we indeed cannot afford to waste fund.

Senator Aliero represents Kebbi central of North West Nigeria.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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