Lawmakers elected under the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the House of Representatives have accused President Muhamamdu Buhari of selective implementation of the 2018 budget.
The lawmakers also described the 2019 budget proposal, which was presented to a joint session of the national assembly on Wednesday as “yet another hollow ritual.”
Briefing newsmen shortly after the budget presentation, the PDP members led by the house deputy minority leader, Chukwuka Onyema said the Buhari-led government has consistently failed to fully implement national budgets since it came to power.
He added that the APC government carried out a selective implementation of the 2018 budget even far beyond 40 per cent despite huge revenues from firs, NNPC, customs and other sources.
The lawmakers faulted Buhari’s claims of achievements on security; economy and anti-corruption saying security has deteriorated under his watch as attested to by the recent amnesty international report.
In a swift response to the PDP lawmakers’ assertion, the house spokesman, Abdulrazak Namdas lauded the impressive implementation of the 2019 budget, with special regard to critical physical infrastructure. Although he admitted hitches in the implementation of previous budgets but expressed optimism that the 2019 budget will take care of critical issues, such as the new minimum wage.