OMOKARO: Better To Be Slow Than Get It Wrong
Sam Omokaro is the chairman of Labour Party in Edo State. He spoke with ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU in Benin City on Buhari’s 100 days in office.
100 days in office PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari’s government, so far, has changed the goal post of politics in Nigeria. For the first time, things are falling in place without being pushed.
If you checkmate corruption, every other thing will fall in place. Look at the revenue of the federation, even with the falling oil price, the country’s revenue is still going up, and that is the truth, because automatically, stealing has reduced.
So far, he is on point, and I think we should give him kudos. People voted for change, they are now having that change; they should give him time to do it.
People have described him as too slow It is better to be slow to right things, than be fast to do the wrong ones. I support the steps he has taken so far, because there is no need to appoint ministers now, and later, the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) invites them for questioning. He should take his time to get those who want to work with him and those people should be credible.
The man will work with existing budget. He is checking the files, ministry by ministry, and some of the projects in the running budget were over bloated, he really wants to scrutinise them, and know where to start from and know the genuineness of the contractors that are being owed and things like that.
Any moment from now, we expect him to submit his budget, and I will advise that he focused on areas he can implement, because our national revenue is really down. I think his priority his security, unemployment and corruption.
Unemployment has really increased, but the last government didn’t do better, but I think Buhari mentioned that he is going to focus on agriculture and truly if he focuses on agriculture that will engage a lot of the youths.