The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has stated at a media briefing on Sunday that the Federal Government is succeeding in the “tough” task of cleaning up the rots, looting, impunity and plundering of the nation’s economy, perpetrated by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said “Our commonwealth was looted with impunity by the same people who now say they want to come back.
“Indeed, it will not just be a tragedy, but a double tragedy, if we ever allow these same people to preside over our commonwealth.
“Where do we start? Do we want a Diezani back as Petroleum Minister, after the recovery of at least 43 million dollars and 56 houses from this one person?
“Do we want the 2.9 billion dollars that has been successfully traced and recovered from looters by the EFCC since the inauguration of the present administration, to be re-looted?
“What about the 151 million dollars and N8 billion in looted funds that have been recovered from just three sources as a direct result of the introduction of the whistle-blower policy?
“As the pace of politics gradually picks up ahead of 2019, it is important that we let Nigerians know the enormous progress that the Buhari administration has made in just a little over two years.
“It is a mark of the contempt in which the PDP holds Nigerians that the party is even talking of returning to power, even when the rot it left behind is yet to be totally cleared.
“Never again must Nigeria be bedeviled by a rapacious, impunity-prone and plunderous party like the PDP.”
Specifically, the minister said that with the enforcement of Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy, N3 trillion had accrued to government purse, having successfully removed the N108 billion in maintenance fees payable to banks, pre-TSA and monthly saving of N24.7 billion.
The minister said that N120 billion had also been saved with the elimination of thousands of ghost workers in the system.
Mohammed also shared an example of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), which only remitted about N51 million under PDP, whereas in September 2017, the same JAMB announced it was ready to remit N7.8 billion.