Nigerian Governors have advised President Muhammadu Buhari to retire all federal civil servants who are older than 50 years.
The FidelinfoNews reports that then governors also advised the federal government to raise taxes across boars as well as levy anyone earning N30,000 and above monthly.
According to Premium Times, the Nigerian governors made the proposal at a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja in July 2022.
The platform stated that the governors advised the government in a bid to prevent the nation from imminent economic collapse.
The governors also advised the government to begin implementation of the updated Stephen Oronsaye Report, which suggested the merger and shutdown of agencies and parastatals with duplicated or contested functions.
It was said that the governors were concerned about the deteriorating state of the economy and a proposal to restore fiscal discipline was presented to the federal government.
As part of measures to restore fiscal discipline, the governors advised the federal government to reduce expenditure immediately by eliminating petrol subsidy and NNPC-funded projects, cap the Social Investment Programme (SIP) and National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS) budgets to N200 billion, eliminate extra-constitutional deductions from FAAC and reduce SWV items for SDG and NASS Constituency projects.
The governors also asked the government to reduce duplications (e.g. empowerment programmes) and waste, reduce the 1% granted to NASENI to 0.2%, amend the Act in 2022 Finance Bill, reduce personnel costs of federal government MDAs, and expedite privatization of non-performing assets like the NDPHC power plants.
Similarly, the governors urged that the 2023 – 2025 MTEF should reflect the suggestions and the government’s commitment to restore fiscal discipline while the planned 22% increase in salaries in 2023 be reconsidered. They added that the fiscal deficit should be reduced to no more than 2% of GDP in 2023 – 2025.