Dr Ahmad Abdul-Qadir, Dean, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, Kaduna State University, has appealed to the incoming administration to review the structure of the Civil Service to save cost of governance.
Abdul-Qadir gave the advice on Thursday May 28, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Kaduna.
He said the review was imperative because the presidential system had not proved to be cost effective.
He said that many offices were created mainly to compensate politicians who played key roles during electioneering campaigns.
“When you look at the presidential system, you find out that there are series of ministers and advisers.
“In governance you don’t look at the cost but the end result whether they are delivering or not.
“The incoming government and National Assembly should cut down on the number of advisers and aides and focus more on initiating legislation that will help the executive,’’ he said.
Abdul-Qadir said the incoming government should re-visit the Orasanya committee report initiated by President Goodluck Jonathan to assist it reduce overhead cost.
He also advised the administration to re-visit the civil service structure especially in appointments and promotions.
According to him, corruption, inflation of contract and creation of unnecessary political offices and portfolios were responsible for the high cost of governance in the country.
Abdul-Qadir advised the government to block all unnecessary leakages for effective service delivery to the people.
He said lawmakers should desist from fixing their own remunerations, adding that it is the statutory responsibility of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC).
“The RMAFC is in charge and I think they are doing well.”
Abdul-Qadir also advocated for transparency in the salaries and allowances of political office holders.
“We don’t know how much they earn, because the payment is high, secretive and speculative.
“If their salary is made public, it will cause public outcry.
“Their issues require serious analysis because one politician’s salary will develop five communities,’’ he said. (NAN)
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