We Altered 2018 Budget To Balance The Six Geopolitical Zones – NASS
Deputy Majority Leader of the Senate, Bala Ibn Na-Allah, on Tuesday said the 2018 appropriation bill was altered by the lawmakers to balance between the six geo political zones.
Na-Allah made the position of the legislators known after President Muhammadu Buhari signed the budget into law.
Na-Allah, who represented the President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, told State House Correspondents that “The 2018 budget has been signed today. The president made it clear that it is going to be a build up on the achievements recorded so far in this administration in impacting positively on the life of Nigerians; i think that is what Nigerians should be happy about. We are not worried; the job of parliamentarians is a very difficult one. The way the budget came, if we had allowed it to go that way, we would have been in trouble with those who elected us. You have to balance between the six geo political zones. It is the balancing efforts by the National Assembly that led to those observations and happily enough, he himself has said he is coming with a supplementary budget which will be dealt with as quickly as possible, I assure you about that one.
On the President’s complain about the passing of the budget seven months after the budget was presented to them, he said: “About the issue of delay, the president is right, but at the same time, if you remember, you were here, the president had to order some MDAs to appear before the Assembly for the purpose of defending their budgets.
“It’s a very delicate issue, if somebody said he wants N500 million for the maintenance of bridges nationwide, then you expect the National Assembly to say Ok, that budget is approved because it came from the Executive, then we have not done our work, we will be interested in knowing which of the roads are you going to maintain so that again, we don’t give another allocation in the next budget. Those observations are correct but in the budgeting process those things are normal.