Executive, legislature urged to curb waste in COVID-19 era

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President Muhammadu Buhari (center), Senate President Ahmed Lawan (left) and Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

THE executive and legislative arms of government have been urged to be prudent in managing resources with lean management principles to ensure an efficient public sector in the COVID-19 era.

An Abuja based Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expert, Dr Jamiu Yusuf, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN), said that the current global situation as it concerned the declining price of crude oil, necessitated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, called for caution in the management of resources.

Yusuf, who is a lead partner in the ICT firm, Glodaris Technology Consulting said, “Nigeria needs an urgent economy recovery from the ills of coronavirus and declining oil price, which remains abysmally slow, with declining real incomes that have negative implications on the national growth, price and exchange rate stability as well as employment.

“Worsening oil prices and falling exchange rate will create fiscal crisis, imports will become more expensive and inflation pressures will rise, productive sector wobble, unemployment and poverty will worsen and external reserves further depleted.

“There is urgent need to apply lean management principle in order to re-organise our priorities, at both the executive and parliamentary arms of governance.

“The wastages in the executive arm in terms of overlapping of jurisdictions of activities in governance must be urgently eliminated or reduced and remunerations for unnecessary activities removed.

“On the parliamentary side, the cost of maintaining this arm of governance is out of tune with the current realities and need to be reduced drastically.

He noted that the pandemic has affected every sector of the economy, including health and education, a situation he said that has given rise to maternal death.

Yusuf bemoaned that much attention had been focused on coronavirus thereby neglecting people with other health issues especially the pregnant women, where “maternal death is likely to continue in the medium to long term if nothing urgent is done.

“The majority of women in rural areas of the country have no education, no access to skilled birth attendant, no exposure, no family planning, early age of childbearing and no access to information.”

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