Labour Party’s Peter Obi Criticizes AGF’s London Retreat for Finance Commissioners


  • Peter Obi criticizes AGF’s London retreat as wasteful spending amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges.
  • Obi emphasizes redirecting funds from overseas workshops to address pressing domestic needs.
  • The lack of response from AGF’s office raises questions about accountability and government priorities.

Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has strongly criticized the decision by the Accountant-General of the Federation, Oluwatoyin Madein, to organize a retreat for state commissioners for finance in London. 

Obi denounces expenditure on overseas workshop

In a detailed statement posted on his social media handle, Obi expressed vehement disapproval of the London workshop organized by the Accountant-General’s Office. He labeled the decision as not only unacceptable but deeply troubling, especially considering the prevailing economic challenges in Nigeria. Obi stressed the need for fiscal responsibility and prudent expenditure of public funds, particularly in times of financial hardship.

Highlighting the dire needs within Nigeria, Obi emphasized that resources allocated for such overseas workshops should instead be directed towards addressing pressing domestic issues such as healthcare, education, infrastructure, and poverty alleviation. He argued that extravagant spending on international events reflects a disregard for the struggles faced by ordinary citizens and perpetuates the perception of government officials indulging in luxury at the expense of taxpayers.

Critique of sending the wrong message

Obi criticized the decision to hold the workshop in London, stating that it sends the wrong message both domestically and internationally. He argued that such actions foster a culture of elitism and detachment from the realities faced by ordinary Nigerians. Additionally, he questioned the necessity and effectiveness of conducting a workshop abroad, particularly in a city as expensive as London. Obi suggested that Nigeria possesses more than enough highly qualified professionals capable of providing the required training and expertise.

Obi’s stance underscores growing concerns over government spending and accountability, resonating with many Nigerians who are increasingly frustrated with the perceived extravagance of public officials amidst economic challenges.

As of now, there has been no response from the Accountant-General’s Office regarding Obi’s criticisms. It remains to be seen whether Madein or any other government official will address the concerns raised by the Labour Party candidate.

Peter Obi’s condemnation of the Accountant-General’s decision to hold a workshop in London for state commissioners for finance reflects broader concerns about government spending and fiscal responsibility. As Nigeria grapples with economic challenges, such expenditures are viewed as insensitive and irresponsible. Obi’s call for redirecting resources to address pressing domestic needs resonates with many Nigerians who feel neglected by their government. The lack of response from the Accountant-General’s Office leaves room for further scrutiny and debate on the issue.

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