Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has made history by slashing the salaries of all government officials under his government and cutting to the barest minimum travelling allowances of all government officials.
He announced the landmark action while addressing the nation on Saturday night, in an effort to tell the nation he was ready to lead by example.
Jonathan passionately assured Nigerians that he felt the same pains as them in the ongoing deregulation exercise claiming he was determined to lay a good foundation for a better tomorrow.
“ The interest of the ordinary people of this country will always remain topmost in my priorities as a leader. I remain passionately committed to achieving significant and enduring improvements in our economy that will lead to sustained improvement in the lives of our people”, he said.
“To save Nigeria, we must all be prepared to make sacrifices. On the part of Government, we are taking several measures aimed at cutting the size and cost of governance, including on-going and continuous effort to reduce the size of our recurrent expenditure and increase capital spending”.
The president said he directed that overseas travels by all political office holders, including the President, should be reduced to the barest minimum.
He also announced the downsizing of delegations on foreign trips adding only trips that are necessary would henceforth be approved and embarked upon.
He continue:” For the year 2012, the basic salaries of all political office holders in the Executive arm of government will be reduced by 25%. Government is also currently reviewing the number of committees, commissions and parastatals with overlapping responsibilities. The Report on this will be submitted shortly and the recommendations will be promptly implemented. In the meantime, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies must reduce their overhead expenses
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR
Federal Republic of Nigeria