Budget delay negatively affecting economy – Kwara Speaker
The Speaker, Kwara State House of Assembly, Dr. Ali Ahmad, on Friday
said that the non-signing of the 2016 budget has negatively affected the
country’s “already ailing” economy.
Stating that the delay was
unfavourable to Nigerians, Ahmad urged President Muhammadu Buhari to
sign the 2016 Appropriation Act so as to reduce the sufferings of
Ahmad spoke in Ilorin, Kwara State, on the sidelines of the plenary of the House.
He stated that if there were gray areas, the President was expected to
sign the budget and make a supplementary one to the National Assembly,
according to the constitution.
Ahmad said, “We encourage Mr.
President to support the aspirations of our people. We know the
President has a lot of love for our people and we have to support him.
He has not said anything; even the Federal Executive Council was not
chaired by him. All we are hearing is from one minister or the other.
“We want to believe that Mr. President, who has the love of Nigeria at
heart, will sign this budget immediately. The ministers have contrived
reasons why the budget has not been signed that some budget was removed
and that on some projects, costs were reduced.”
He added, “These
things are not new. This is a budget. Section 81 sub-section 4 has
covered it — it states that where a budget is prepared and some projects
of the executives are removed or some costs are reduced, the President
can sign it and bring a supplementary appropriation. That is it.
“So even with these contrived reasons, it is covered. So why the delay
on something that the constitution has covered? Now, those reasons were
not in the budget, but even if they were there and the National Assembly
removed them, Section 81 says it should be signed and an appropriation
presented so that the suffering of the people will be limited. We call
loudly on Mr. President, please sign this budget.”