Aisha Yesufu, a social critic and human rights activist, has slammed Abia State Governor Alex Otti over the amount the government said it spent in three months on refreshments and meals, honorarium, allowances, and welfare packages.
Yesufu warned that doing business as usual in governance would never be an option.
The warning came after the Abia State budget performance report revealed that the government spent N927 million in three months on refreshments and meals, honorarium, allowances, and welfare packages for the eggheads.
The report titled “Abia State Third Quarter (July – September) 2023 Budget Performance” was posted on the state government’s website.
“This Q3 and Year to date performance is assessed against the revised 2023 Budget that covers the Original Budget plus an Amendment Virement sum of N22,263,269,900 as summarised below.”
However, in a Monday post on her social media platform X, Aisha Yesufu questioned why the government would spend nearly a billion dollars on food and welfare in three months.
“Business as usual can never be the way to go. It must be business unusual. Expenditure must be reduced to the barest minimum.
Almost a billion on food and welfare in 3 months? @alexottiofr get organizations like @TrackaNG to help keep you on your toes and monitor your spending and what to cut down on.
@Nedunaija this is not good at all.”
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