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Female politician tasks Buhari on cost of governance, welfare

29 May 2015, 07:44

Abuja - Dr Olubunmi Usim-Wilson, has advised the President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to cut the high cost of governance in the country.

Usim-Wilson gave the advice in an interview on Thursday in Abuja.

The Abuja based female politician also urged Buhari to improve the welfare of citizens.

Usim-Wilson, a former Senatorial Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the FCT, appealed to incoming administration to explore areas like tourism and agriculture as ways of augmenting dwindling revenue from crude oil.

She further called for youth unemployment as a priority for the government to reduce poverty.

"The President-elect should block all leakages and ensure that our common wealth is no longer stolen and frittered away by politicians.

"About 80 per cent of Nigerian youths are unemployed and this should be addressed urgently; education, health and social security should be given priority.

"He should ensure that there is zero tolerance for corruption and bring sanity and discipline to Nigeria; and he should rebuild sensitive institutions that have become vulnerable.

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"His presence and pronouncements have started rekindling hope in Nigerians who know him.

"We expect him to take concrete action by drastically reducing government spending and the cost of leadership,’’ she said.

According to her, citizen discontent is increasing because of high level of poverty, largely caused by official corruption.

"Politicians should stop taking our common wealth to develop other countries,’’ she added.

Besides, she advised the incoming administration to be circumspect in its choice of cabinet members.

"He needs to have a lot of technocrats in government, but he cannot just ignore the politicians.

"He needs to have technocrats in critical areas like health, agric, finance, but politicians who worked for him also deserve consideration to avoid friction," said Usim-Wilson.

She further advised Buhari to encourage investment in tourism, agriculture and infrastructure like railways to help boost the economy.

"Tourism and agriculture have not been fully tapped, and they could generate high revenue that could boost our economy.

"Government should invest in them," she said.



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