Nigeria’s bloated civil service, which is about one to two percent of the country’s population, is consuming all its revenue, making it difficult to develop infrastructure, President Bola Tinubu has said.
He revealed this on Monday while speaking at a meeting with the Global Vice President of Oracle, Mr. Andres Garcia Arroyo at the State House Abuja.
He said, “Each time they give me the payroll number, I get so frightened. Where am I going to get the capital to develop the infrastructure we desperately require if the payroll of 1% – 2% of the population is consuming all the revenue? I think we need a tight technological control that can check and balance all necessary control points of our transaction processes. I’m looking forward to working with Oracle because I have the belief and confidence that you can do it as you have in the past.”
Mr Tinubu said with cutting edge technology, the country would digitize the public service and surgically apply public money for growth.
“I have tested Oracle and it has worked for our success. In Lagos State, what we did in effective collaboration with you, has been copied across the states of the Federation. We can only build our institutions with accurate data and cutting edge data management capabilities that are reliable and effective. We can only rely upon our human resources for excellent service delivery to Nigerians, if they are well trained and ready to learn,” the president said.
In his remarks, the Global Vice President of Oracle proposed a comprehensive digital transformation of the work process at the federal level of administration, in order to achieve greater macro-economic visibility; streamline government processes for cost and time savings; and to provide the desired skills development opportunities for Nigerians.