The national leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed the unprecedented N6.08 trillion 2016 budget personally presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to a joint session of the 8th National Assembly Tuesday.
APC national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, gave the assurance that many of the promises made to the Nigerian electorate by the party in the course of the 2015 presidential campaign are contained in the proposed 2016 national budget, which he christened ‘budget of change’.
Odigie-Oyegun stated that the present administration’s pro-people policies would be implemented fully in the coming 2016 financial year.
He said: “In fulfilment of APC’s election promises to the Nigerian electorate, the party welcomes the proposed social welfare programmes contained in the proposed 2016 national budget submitted to the National Assembly. President Buhari has proposed N500 billion to pay unemployed Nigerian graduates (post-NYSC grant) and feed school children, amongst other social welfare programmes in 2016.
“A phased social welfare programme created to cater for a larger population of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians upon the evidence of children’s enrolment in school and evidence of immunisation has also been proposed to the National Assembly.
“President Buhari has also promised that 500,000 new teachers would be recruited.
“Compared to the last 16 years of locust, Nigerians are getting a much better deal from the seven-month old APC-led administration. On the strength of these proposals, the future holds more dividends of democracy for Nigerians.
“It is reassuring that the federal government has recovered huge sums from looters of our common wealth, which will be injected into the 2016 national budget”.
Mr. Oyegun, however, called for a speedy passage of the proposed national budget.