Implementation of TSA has helped to block wastage, graft, says minister
Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has said the unrelenting war against corruption and the implementation of the Treasury Single Account (TSA) have effectively helped to block the loopholes for wastes and graft in the governance of the country.
The minister assured the public that the blockage will lead to saving of funds for adequate implementation of the 2016 budget and execution of APC programmes and policies that will impact positively on the lives of the people.
Dalung made the observation while receiving members of Class 2001 of the Law School Alumni Association who paid him a courtesy call in his office yesterday in Abuja. He used the occasion to explain that most people don’t appreciate the dire situation the country was when the current administration took over, recalling that the treasury was virtually empty, a situation he can attest to personally as a member of the transitional committee.
He noted that “Nigerian youths are agitated that they are being denied opportunity to perform effectively in the development of the country by elders who refuse to quit.”
The minister, who acknowledged that that things are hard in the country now, urged Nigerians to believe in the current administration, saying President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to sacrifice whatever it takes to find solution to the problems confronting the youth.
The minister said his decision to dress simply in uniform fatigue was taken a long time ago after a deep reflection, ever before being appointed as minister, noting that it is self-sacrifice on his part to identify with the poor masses of Nigeria.
He also said the decision was influenced by exemplary lives of great African crusaders for social justice and people’s emancipation like Thomas Sankara, Tai Solarin and the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka.
Dalung sees his ministerial appointment as a clarion call to give the Nigeria youths a new orientation that will better their lives. He enjoined the association to support him in achieving the goal, just as he expressed appreciation to the members for their visit, enjoining them to feel free to offer any suggestion that is capable of moving the country forward.
Earlier on, the Secretary and leader of the delegation, Nguyilan Wakombo, explained that the visit was to felicitate with Dalung on his new appointment and show that they are all proud of him.
He tendered apology of the President of the Association and Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, for not being present due to pressing official duty.