Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Friday advised public officers and
politicians to get rid of their private jets as President Muhammadu
Buhari had begun blocking financial leakages in the country’s economy.
Oshiomhole made this known at a public lecture titled “Labour and the
Nigerian Economy: What needs to be done”, held at the University of
He said that businessmen who connived with some officials of the
Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to defraud the nation
through subsidy claims would be probed.
“Few people (in Nigeria) are taking away so much wealth, while
majority of the people are going home with almost nothing.
“A clear example is when you arrive at the private wing of the airport in
Abuja; you will find more than 40 to 50 private jets parked there in one
“The question is what sources do these private jet owners get their
wealth from; and which businesses do they run to acquire this luxurious
“You find a young man who has connection with state-owned NNPC,
which is suppose to work for the interest of Nigeria, corruptly work for
only the interest of few persons,” he said.
Oshiomhole said that billions of state funds had being stolen by a few
individuals due to alleged chronic corruption perpetrated by some NNPC
He said that the Buhari-led administration is already making moves to
rid the nation of these corrupt officials and institutions.
“Very soon, those who maintain luxurious assets and private jets will
begin to sell them because they will no longer be able to maintain them.
“The sources of procurement of these ill gotten wealth by these people is
currently being disconnected and more will be disconnected in the few
days and in the coming weeks,” he said.
Oshiomhole blamed the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) for its failure
to call politicians to order in the face of the country’s current falling
He said it was unfair that Senators could earn an annual salary of about
N200 million when the lowest grade worker earned a paltry N18,000
monthly as minimum wage or N216,000 as annual salary.
“How NLC has kept quiet and allowed Senators allocate to themselves
annual income of N200 to N300 million both as basic salaries and bogus
allowances combined baffles me,” he queried.
The governor said that Nigerians should not be deceived with clamour by
some politicians to cut their basic salaries by halve.
He recalled that former presidents Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck
Jonathan had cut their salaries and that of their ministers by 25 per cent
each, which meant the officials currently earned 50 per cent less salaries.
“Now, in the face of current harsh economic realities, some politicians
are saying that 50 per cent should be removed from their salaries to
“This implies that if you plus the current 50 per cent reduction demand
and the already removed 50 per cent which was never restored by the
previous administrations; it will amount to 100 per cent reduction.
“This is a clear case of the more you look the less you see as politicians
are bent on deceiving and confusing everyone because the main money
are not in salaries but in their allowances,” he said.
Oshiomhole called on President Muhammadu Buhari to revoke licences
of electricity generation and distribution companies, saying the sector
was “fraudulently” privatised and currently enmeshed with corruption.
According to him, the country will grow economically if policy makers
come up with policies that were in-tune with the character of Nigerians.
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