Friday, March 17, 2017

Speed Up Saraki's Trial, Run In 2019 And 5 Other Things El-Rufai Asked Buhari To Do In Memo

On Thursday a memo written by Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai to President Muhammadu Buhari was leaked.



In the memo, El-Rufai criticised Buhari's government and offered some advice on how to run the country. According to the memo, here are top 7 things El-Rufai wants President Buhari to do:


1. See re-election in 2019

In the memo, El-Rufai wrote, “As I explained to you shortly after your election in April 2015, you have to run again in 2019 if your objectives of national restoration, economic progressand social justice are to be attained in the medium and long term,” he wrote.

“You must therefore succeed for the good of all of us – individually and collectively, and particularly those of us that have benefitted so clearly from your political ascendance”.

2. Balance his appointments

El-Rufai in the memo accused President Buhari of making loopsided appointments. He wrote, “A clear evidence of this is the lopsided nature of the appointments made so far, and the absence of any objective selection criteria other than pure chance and closeness to a handful of people around the President.”

“Another crisis is likely to be created if the current system (or lack of it) of appointment persists with the composition of boards of parastatals. I have had cause to register my concerns, which also mirrors the grievance of 23 APC Governors”.

3. Reduce National Assembly budget

Governor El-Rufai asked President Buhari to cut down the budget of the National Assembly.

“Reduce the National Assembly budget for 2017 to not more than N65 billion and require the publication of all line items for all the Consolidated Revenue Fund Charges (UBE,INEC, NDDC, National Assembly and NJC) in the interest of full transparency, and put every federal employee on IPPIS by January 2017,''El-Rufai wrote.

4. Speed Up Saraki's trial

Governor El-Rufai asked President Buhari to speed up Saraki's trial so that the relationship between the Presidency and the National assembly could be repaired.

“These relationships need improvement as well. The relationship with the Senate was marred by the betrayal the party suffered at the hands of many of its members, while the recent ‘padding scandal’ has created tensions with the leadership of the House of Representatives.

“These challenges are difficult, but not impossible, to fix once the Judiciary concludes the Saraki cases in a timely manner”.

5. Raise VAT to 10%

“Review tax policy and accelerate TIN registration nationwide to widen and broaden the tax net, reduce personal and income tax rates while raising VAT to 10% as fair compensation,” El-Rufai wrote.

6. Give Oil Licences to China, India

He suggested this move a means of stabilizing the exchange rate.

“Compile all expired OMLs and offer them to India, China and other interested investors to raise between $20 – $40 billion in signature bonuses that can be deployed to (i) stabilize the exchange rate by raising the foreign reserves to $40-$50 billion (ii) increase the sovereign wealth fund and (iii) finance essential infrastructure and housing deficits”.

7. Merge Government Ministries, Parastatals

“The 800-page transition committee report (summarized to 80 slides by Bain & Co.) went some way in recommending the merger of Ministries but implementation has been uneven and selective.

“Prior to this, the Obasanjo administration had done seminal work in merging ministries, (available on request) while the Oronsaye Committee has done some significant work in reducing duplication between parastatals and agencies.

“There exists therefore enough raw material to begin the needed restructuring of MDAs for optimal performance at the federal level. (Copies of both the Bain Summary and the Executive Summary of the Oronsaye Report are provided with this submission),'' El-Rufai wrote.

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