Union leaders in the country have urged the Federal Government to closely monitor 34 priority projects for implementation in 2016 budget to ensure that they are well executed.
The union leaders in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday commended the Executive and Legislature for amicable settlement after months of haggling over the budget.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, the President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), said that the budget was long overdue, adding that all hands must be on the desk to ensure effective implementation of the budget.
Wabba urged the Federal Government to ensure that the 34 priority projects of the budget were executed according to the provisions in the budget.
“Before the signing, the Federal Government had outlined 34 projects and programmes, which would be accorded utmost priority to ensure optimal performance of the 2016 budget.
“These programmes should be monitored by all and sundry.
“This is the budget of change, so government should waste no time in commencing disbursement of funds,” he said.
NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari on May 6 signed the N6.06 trillion 2016 Appropriation Bill into law at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The signing was witnessed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun.
The budget is expected to stimulate the nation’s slowing economy, which took a hit as the price of crude oil, Nigeria’s main export, collapsed in the global market.