Pres. Buhari Cuts Down Independence Anniversary Costs, Says Nigeria Can’t Afford To Be Extravagant Now
The Federal Government is to expend N70 million for the 55th Independence anniversary celebrations which will commence on September 25, in line with its cost-saving policy.
The Secretary to the Government, represented by the Permanent Secretary (Political Affairs), Ibukun Odusote, disclosed this in Abuja today stating that the government was cutting cost because of the present state of the country’s economy.
This year’s celebration is indeed low-keyed because the present administration appreciates the economic hardship that Nigerians and indeed the nation is confronted with.
To address the situation, government has adopted a general policy to be very prudent in the management of our financial resources. This year’s celebration is, therefore, in consonance with the cost-saving policy of this administration, he said.
He emphasised that the Federal Government would rather spend more money on ensuring payment of workers’ salaries, better learning businessenvironment than on anniversary celebrations.
He further explained that the president had approved four events for the anniversary which include the Jummat prayers, slated to hold at the Abuja National Mosque on September 25 and the Inter-denominational Thanksgiving Service holding at the Abuja National Christian Worship Centre on September 27. Other events are the ceremonial Change of Guards slated for October 1 at the Presidential Villa and children’s party on October 3.
Mr. Buhari would also address the nation at 7am on October 1, the SGF said