Missing Budget: Discard Buhari’s ‘Doctored’ Budget, LP Tells Senate

Buhari-BudgetThe national leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has advised the Senate to consider only the budget that was originally presented by President Muhammadu Buhari before a joint session of the National Assembly last year and not the one “doctored” thereafter.

The party said that there is need for the red chamber to ensure that necessary steps to forestall re-occurrence of such “impunity” as well as punishing the perpetrators of such act against the Nigerian people, is put in place.

The Senate and House of Representatives yesterday read President Buhari’s letter in which he admitted that some corrections were made to the budget proposal of N6.08 trillion he originally presented but the “draft bill remains the same and there are no changes in any of the figures”.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday by its national chairman Alhaji Abdulkadir Abdulsalam, titled “interesting times in Nigeria”, the opposition Labour Party noted that the missing budget issue was one that bothers on integrity, ethics, value system and corruption, adding that that the whole world are waiting earnestly to see what steps would be taken by the Senate to rectify “the insolvency and act of reckless irresponsibility”.

The statement reads: “We therefore advise the senate to consider only the budget that was originally presented by the President and in considering the budget exercise commonsense economics through the engagement of professionals in the field of Monetary, Infrastructural, Developmental, Real, ‘Micro and Macro’ Economists as may be connected to the budget proposal.

“While we await the probe by the senate committee, we hope the upper chamber will ensure that necessary steps to forestall re-occurrence of such impunity as well as punishing the perpetrators of this heinous act against Democracy and the Nigeria People is put in place”.

While commending the leadership of the Senate for openness and transparency demonstrated so far, it alleged that the two different versions of the budget “thus confirming its being doctored discreetly to change certain parameters of the budget proposal following the slide in the global oil price and unattainable budget figures.

“That this is coming from a party that has sworn to bring change to our democracy leaves much to be desired and clearly sends a wrong signal to the electorate that voted for this party based on integrity”.

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