Penalize those guilty of budget padding – Gowon

Yakubu Gowon
Yakubu Gowon

Former Military Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon yesterday called for stiff penalty for anyone found guilty of the padding.

He said punishing those found wanting after investigation would deter others.

Speaking with reporters last night at the Health Caravan and Award ceremony at Ile Ife in Osun State, he wondered why issue had become the order of the day.

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi was conferred with the Royal Ambassador for Hepatitis Advocacy in Nigeria by the Seham Health Care Foundation at the event.

Gowon said: “If that is true. If anybody is doing that (budget padding), the person should be checked and stopped to ensure that such does not occur in the future. We didn’t it do it during my time. We had Chief Obafemi Awolowo in-charge of our finance during my time and he taught us to survive without borrowing. Such (budget padding) should stop, there is no point doing that.”

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The former Head of State also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to firm up the ailing economy to alleviate the suffering.

Advising Nigerians to cooperate with the Buhari administration, he said the Buhari administration was doing everything possible to resolve the nation’s economic challenges.

He said: “Let the current authority find a way out of the current economic crisis. Minister of Finance Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has been telling us what they have been doing to get the economy strong again. She said all will be well by September. Let’s wait till then.

“I left government a long time ago, so I may not really know what the problem is. The current administration should do whatever they can to solve to economic challenges. They should find a way to restore confidence in the citizens and the nation at large by fixing the economy.”

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