Buhari Needs N4.1tn For Salaries, Others — Oyegun

The , , on Saturday disclosed that the incoming -led administration will require about N4.1trillion to kick-start their reign at the helm of affairs of the nation.

Speaking during a retreat organized by the party for her Senators in Abuja, he noted that the outgoing administration left behind huge debt which needed to be settled rapidly.

As reported by The Punch, Oyegun explained that the Buhari administration would require the funds to pay the outstanding salaries of public servants at the and federal levels, fuel subsidies, as well as , among other expenses.

Oyegun urged the Senators to be prepared to pass requisite laws at short notice, in the course of their duty in the National Assembly.

According to him, there is not shying away from the truth that there are tough times ahead.

Oyegun said, “While I congratulate all of you on your elections, I must quickly add that I don’t envy you. This is because you are being called to service at one of the most challenging periods in the history of our nation.

“Make no mistake about it, the days ahead will be tough, and this is not crying wolf. From the first day of this government, a total of N4.1 trillion will be required for sundry expenses, including oil subsidy payment, arrears of salaries at federal and state levels and debt servicing, just to mention a few.

“Put this against the background of the falling oil prices, the unprecedented $60bn debt which the outgoing government has left for the incoming one, the largely depleted Excess Crude Account, the $60 bn that have been lost in the last four years to crude oil theft (and which are perhaps still being lost as we speak), the need to rapidly create jobs for our teeming army of unemployed youths, enhance the security of the citizenry and improve the economy, and you will begin to understand the enormity of the challenges ahead.”

Oyegun noted that the situation on ground has not reduced the expectations of Nigerians, some of whom expect instant miracles.

Some Nigerians, he said, are expecting that as soon as the inauguration was over and done with on the of May 29 and 30 fuel queues would disappear and electricity supply would normalise.

The party chairman said while the remains committed to ensuring that things normalise, it is not possible for this to happen overnight.

Also speaking at the event, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who presented a paper on the state of the nation, said the incoming government faces a huge challenge in the face of dwindling resources and a huge debt, adding that it is unfortunate that for 30 years, the nation has suffered retrogressive systems decay.

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