[Abuja]–Senator Godswill Obot Akpabio representing Akwa Ibom North West (Ikot Ekpene) Senatorial District has said that the budget is just a paper but that it is the implementation that matters most.
The Senator made this statement shortly before the passing of the 2017 Appropriation Bill at the plenary session of the Nigerian Senate on Thursday.
According to him, “I thank the leadership of Bukola Saraki for this commitment and the guidance, particularly his concerns for Nigerians.
“2016 budget was not as robustly done as the 2017 budget.Budget is just a paper, it’s implementation matters alot.”
Sen. Akapbio further urged the Federal Government to ensure it blocks leakages to avoid wastage and put more money into capital project.
“This is not a rubber stamp Senate, we must ensure every part of the country feels the impact of the 2017Budget,” the Senator added.
The Senate Majority Leader, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan representing Yobe North constituency, in his own address noted that the performance of the 2016 budget is far better than we’ve had in recent years.
He further stated that, “This is a change era, we are happy for what we’ve been able to achieve so far. We can do better.
“I commend my colleagues for standing firm and working hard to achieve this feat and Nigerians for showing understanding through out,” he added.
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu also observed that this is the first time since democracy that the budget is laid with details, and he appreciated the committee and the Senate President for that.
The Kogi Senator, Senator Dino Melaye declared, “Good thinking, good product.This Budget is a product of good thinking. I thank the senate president for his intellectual sagacity.
“This is a budget with complete details for the first time. This will afford CSOs and Nigerians opportunity to ask questions.
“The world is happy with the 2017 budget process because it is a Nigerian budget.”
The Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki after the passing of the Appropriation Bill said, “I thank the Appropriation Committee & Sub-Committees for a job well done on this 2017 budget process.
“This enabled us record a number of firsts, we had a joint public hearing for the first time & CSOs made recommendations.
“This is also the first time the line by line details of the NASS budget was laid down and made available, I am very proud.
“I appreciate the level of consultation and the remarkable difference from what we saw in 2016.
“It is my hope that this budget of recovery would go a long way and take us out of recession.
“I appreciate the cooperation of members of the Executive and the remarkable difference from the 2016 process.
The Senate President, however, appealed to the Executive to get the 2018 budget across by end of September latest to meet up with the December -January window.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg