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‘It amounts to insensitivity’ — Peter Obi slams accountant-general’s office for holding workshop in London

Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP)
in the 2023 elections, has condemned the financial management workshop held in
London by the office of the accountant-general of the federation (OAGF).

 

The workshop was held from March 4 to March 9 at the
Copthorne Tara Hotel, Kensington, in London.

 

Speaking on the development, Obi said the “function abroad
amounts to insensitivity on the part of the government.”

 

He said government officials should not be indulging in
luxury and extravagance at the expense of the common citizen amid the economic
hardship in the country.

 

The former Anambra governor said the initiative by the OAGF
entrenches a culture of elitism and detachment from the realities faced by
ordinary Nigerians.

 

“Given the prevailing hardship in the country and the
pitiable state of our national currency, any public function abroad amounts to
insensitivity on the part of the government and any agency or individuals
involved,” he said.

 

“First and foremost, it represents a blatant disregard for
fiscal responsibility and prudent expenditure of public funds. At a time when
Nigeria is grappling with economic challenges, including inflation, currency
devaluation, and a widening budget deficit, it is utterly irresponsible to
squander taxpayer money on extravagant overseas workshops.

 

 “The resources
allocated for such purposes should be directed towards addressing pressing
domestic needs, such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, and poverty
alleviation.

 

“Furthermore, holding a workshop in London sends the wrong
message to the Nigerian people and the international community. It perpetuates
the perception of government officials indulging in luxury and extravagance at
the expense of the common citizen.

 

“It fosters a culture of elitism and detachment from the
realities faced by ordinary Nigerians, who struggle daily to make ends meet
amidst rising living costs and limited access to essential services.

 

“Additionally, holding a workshop in London raises concerns
about transparency and accountability in government procurement processes.”

 

The politician said there must be full disclosure and
justification for why London was chosen as the venue, as well as how the selection
of vendors and contractors was made.

 

Obi said any hint of impropriety or favouritism in awarding
contracts for such events “must be thoroughly investigated and addressed”.

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