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Obi blasts AGF over London retreat for finance commissioners

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has berated the Accountant-General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, over the London retreat she organised…

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has berated the Accountant-General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, over the London retreat she organised for state commissioners for finance.

Obi, on Saturday in a lengthy post on his X handle, stated that Nigerians must vehemently denounce and condemn the decision of Nigeria’s Accountant-General’s Office to hold a workshop in London.

“This decision is not only unacceptable but also deeply troubling on multiple levels. Given the prevailing hardship in the country and the pitiable state of our national currency and the economy in general, any public function abroad amounts to insensitivity on the part of the government and any agency or individuals involved.

“First and foremost, it represents a blatant disregard for fiscal responsibility and prudent expenditure of public funds.

“At a time when Nigeria is grappling with economic challenges, including inflation, currency devaluation, and a widening budget deficit, it is utterly irresponsible to squander taxpayers money on extravagant overseas workshops,” Obi stated.

He said the resources allocated for such purposes should be directed towards addressing pressing domestic needs like health care, education, infrastructure and poverty alleviation.

The former Anambra State governor also said that holding a workshop in London sent the wrong message to the Nigerian people and the international community.

“It perpetuates the perception of government officials indulging in luxury and extravagance at the expense of the common citizen.

“It fosters a culture of elitism and detachment from the realities faced by ordinary Nigerians, who are struggle daily to make ends meet amidst rising living costs and limited access to essential services.

“Moreover, there are serious questions regarding the necessity and effectiveness of conducting a workshop abroad, particularly in a city as expensive as London,” Obi stated.

He noted that Nigeria was home to numerous highly qualified professionals and experts who are more than capable of providing the required training and expertise.

 

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