“Get ready to sell your private jets” – Oshiomhole tells private plane owners

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo on Friday advised public
officers and politicians to get rid of their private jets as
President Muhammadu Buhari had begun blocking
financial leakages in the country’s economy.
Oshiomhole made this known at a public lecture titled
“Labour and the Nigerian Economy: What needs to be
done”, held at the University of Port Harcourt.
He said that businessmen who connived with some
officials of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation
(NNPC) to defraud the nation through subsidy claims
would be probed.
“Few people (in Nigeria) are taking away so much
wealth, while majority of the people are going home
with almost nothing.
“A clear example is when you arrive at the private wing
of the airport in Abuja; you will find more than 40 to 50
private jets parked there in one airport alone.
“The question is what sources do these private jet
owners get their wealth from; and which businesses do
they run to acquire this luxurious lifestyle.
“You find a young man who has connection with state-
owned NNPC, which is suppose to work for the interest
of Nigeria, corruptly work for only the interest of few
persons,” he said.
Oshiomhole said that billions of state funds had being
stolen by a few individuals due to alleged chronic
corruption perpetrated by some NNPC officials.
He said that the Buhari-led administration is already
making moves to rid the nation of these corrupt officials
and institutions.
“Very soon, those who maintain luxurious assets and
private jets will begin to sell them because they will no
longer be able to maintain them.
“The sources of procurement of these ill gotten wealth
by these people is currently being disconnected and
more will be disconnected in the few days and in the
coming weeks,” he said.
Oshiomhole blamed the Nigerian Labour Congress
(NLC) for its failure to call politicians to order in the face
of the country’s current falling economy.
He said it was unfair that Senators could earn an annual
salary of about N200 million when the lowest grade
worker earned a paltry N18,000 monthly as minimum
wage or N216,000 as annual salary.
“How NLC has kept quiet and allowed Senators allocate
to themselves annual income of N200 to N300 million
both as basic salaries and bogus allowances combined
baffles me,” he queried.
The governor said that Nigerians should not be deceived with clamour by some politicians to cut their basic salaries by halve. He recalled that former presidents Umaru Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan had cut their salaries and that of their ministers by 25 per cent each, which meant the officials currently earned 50 per cent less salaries. “Now, in the face of current harsh economic realities,
some politicians are saying that 50 per cent should be
removed from their salaries to appease Nigerians.
“This implies that if you plus the current 50 per cent
reduction demand and the already removed 50 per cent
which was never restored by the previous
administrations; it will amount to 100 per cent
“This is a clear case of the more you look the less you see
as politicians are bent on deceiving and confusing
everyone because the main money are not in salaries
but in their allowances,” he said.
Oshiomhole called on President Muhammadu Buhari to
revoke licences of electricity generation and distribution
companies, saying the sector was “fraudulently”
privatised and currently enmeshed with corruption.