Change agenda is real, irreversible, says minister

By Moses Ebosele – 
The change agenda of the present administration is real and irreversible, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said.
  Speaking at the South-East edition of the Federal Government’s Town Hall Meeting in Enugu on Monday, the Minister said: “To those who have been mocking our change agenda, we say let them continue to entertain themselves, but we remain undaunted because this change is irreversible.”
   He explained that Nigeria had no choice but to embrace change, adding that the country cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result.
A statement issued by Special Assistant, Segun Adeyemi quoted the Minister as saying change is a process and not an instant coffee.
  He said: “Before now, public officials simply opened the public till, took as
much money as they wanted and walked away, without consequences. That
explains why funds allocated to the military to fight Boko Haram ended
up in the piggy banks of many unscrupulous Nigerians. Today, all those
who looted the public treasury are being made to answer for their
actions, as impunity gives way to accountability”.
He added: ”Prior to now, funds accruing to the government were paid into so
many accounts that even the government could not keep a tab on them,
or worse still did not even know the accounts existed. Today, every
kobo accruing to the government is paid into a single account, called
the Treasury Singles Account (TSA), to be used for the benefit of all
Nigerians.
”Before now, thousand of ghosts earned salaries every month. Of
course, we all know that ghosts don’t work, yet they got paid in this
country. Today, the ghosts are in trouble as over 30,000 of them have
had their unmerited salaries stopped, saving the country millions and
millions of naira. Many more ghosts are being smoked out,” he said.
The Minister told the gathering that  emphasis is fast shifting from oil as the
Administration moves to diversify the economy away from the product,
disclosing that in June 2016, for the very first time, about 70 per
cent of the over N500 billion raised from the Federal Accounts
Allocation Committee came from non-oil sector, while 30 per cent came
from the oil sector.
He explained that before the advent of the present Administration, many key
roads across the country were abandoned, even when funds were budgeted
for them, causing untold hardship for the people.
He said: ”Now, construction firms have been mobilized to sites across the
country. As they move to site, they are creating thousands of new
jobs. No part of the country is left out of this.”
He commended Governor  Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu for his contribution
to the success of the Town Hall Meeting, the fifth in a series that
started in Lagos on April 25th 2016.
 According to the statement, the Ministers of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige; Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama; Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh;
Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah; Health, Prof.
Isaac Adewale; Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr. Ibe Kachukwu and
the Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril
also attended the Town Hall Meeting.

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