Obi criticizes workshop in London by Accountant General's office as insensitive


Mr. Peter Obi, the main opposition voice and standard bearer of the Labour Party, has condemned the decision to hold a workshop in London by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation. 

In a press release signed by Dr. Yunusa Tanko, chief spokesman for his media organization, Obi expressed his disapproval, stating that this action demonstrates the insensitivity of the office to the troubling situation in the country. 

He emphasized the need for Nigerians to reject and condemn such thoughtless behavior, which he described as lacking empathy.

Writing on his X handle on Saturday, March 16, 2024, Obi said "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, 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 tax payer money on extravagant overseas workshops. The resources allocated for such purposes should be directed towards addressing pressing domestic needs, such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, and poverty alleviation.

"Furthermore, holding a workshop in London sends 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 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. Nigeria is home to numerous highly qualified professionals and experts who are more than capable of providing the required training and expertise. By outsourcing such activities to foreign countries the government not only undermines local expertise but also fails to leverage the wealth of knowledge and experience within its borders.

"Additionally, holding a workshop in London raises concerns about transparency and accountability in government procurement processes. There must be full disclosure and justification for why London was chosen as the venue, as well as how the selection of vendors and contractors was made. Any hint of impropriety or favouritism in awarding contracts for such events must be thoroughly investigated and addressed."

A new Nigeria is possible, Obi concluded.
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