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COVID-19: Atiku advises African leaders to redesign budget, reduce governance cost - ITREALMS

The former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has advised African leaders to reduce governance expenditure which is too high, if the continent must mitigate the effects of ravaging Chinese Virus-19 also known as Coronavirus or COVID-19, reports ITREALMS.

Atiku in a public statement available to ITREALMS, said that Africa is on a crossroads and her leaders cannot afford to be indifferent to the needs of the populace.

He also called on African nations to rebudget, reassign and reduce expenditure with Nigeria on the lead. Pointing out that Nigeria need to think and act her way into taking the right path.

“History will forgive us if we make the wrong decisions, but it certainly will not forgive us if we take no decisions in the misguided belief that others will save us. If Nigeria does not save herself in this season of a global emergency, we may find that a new world order will emerge and we will no longer be the Giant of Africa. We may not even be the Giant of West Africa if we do not take decisive action.

For him, Nigeria, for instance, cannot be considered a serious nation when her leaders refused to cut down on profligacy and instead seek outside help to fund inefficiencies.

We cannot be considered a serious country when we refuse to cut down on profligacy and instead seek outside help to fund our inefficiencies.

“Even in our own individual houses, when things get tight, the first thing we should do is cut down on unnecessary expenditure and then you look for creative ways to generate funds and develop our household economy, before we even seek outside funding,” he said.

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