‘Nigerians Will Not Be Happy If We Rush To Pass 2018 Budget’ – Reps Member
A member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Pankshin / Kanke / Kanan federal constituency of Plateau State, Hon. Timothy Golu, has ruled out the possibility of passing the 2018 budget into law before the end of the year.
Golu, who also doubles as Chairman House Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, in an interview with The Guardian, condemned the Executive for poor implementation of the 2017 Budget, saying most of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are yet to receive cash for implementation of projects and policies.
“Lack of money is not the main problem, government is slow in taking decision, it is slow in coordinating the agencies, it is slow in coordinating it’s policies. The government is just slowing down most of these things.
“I believe that if the government can accelerate action, if there can be proper coordination between the ministry of finance and the budget office and then the MDAs, these things could be sorted out.”
The legislator noted that the National Assembly is eager ready to do a good job on the 2018 budget but the Executive on its part is yet to play its part by submitting the document to the House.
“But to have enough time for the various committees to do their work, it would be difficult to pass this budget before December 31, because if we rush now and do an untidy job, Nigerians would not be happy. So we need enough time to handle the items, one by one, because the national assembly more than ever before is putting an eagle eye on every item,” he remarked.