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National Budget Funding Down By 50% Because Of Activities Of Niger Delta Militants , Says FG

Niger Delta, Buhari, Defence, Osun
Posted: Jul 13, 2016 at 8:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

*Says declare that 2016 Budget won’t be implemented fully.

* SGF engages ?Senators in heated argument over invitation letter.

Rotimi Akinwumi

Abuja  – The Federal Government declared openly yesterday that it not possible to implement in full, the nation’s 2016 budget of N6.06 trillion.

In offering explanation on why this has to be so, the Federal Government stated that the activities of militants in the Niger Delta region was responsible for the unfortunate situation.

According to the government, the nation is presently losing on a daily basis, a quantum of about 40 to 50 percent of oil production projection due to the activities of the militants.

Niger Delta Avengers and some other militants have been daily carrying out destructive activities on oil facilities in the Niger Delta without the nation’s military being able to curb their nefarious activities.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir David Lawal, who brought the unpleasant message to the Senate yesterday, however, had a spat with the lawmakers over what he consider as their faulty invitation methodology.

The SGF who  appeared before a joint Senate committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions; Appropriation and Finance to defend his comments in an interview he granted to one of the national dailies that the Federal Government may not implement constituency projects in the 2016 budget, blamed the drop in revenue on activities of militants in the Niger Delta region and noted that his comments were made in good faith, based on reality in the economy.

He said the oil benchmark of the Federal Government has been drastically dislocated and grossly affected by activities of militants, lamenting that at a time the country was producing about 800,000 barrels per day.

Asked whether he declared that Constituency Projects would not be implement, Lawal affirmed and insisted that he stood by what he said.

“The statement is correct. That is my statement. We cannot guarantee the implementation of constituency projects in the 2016 budget. As a government, members of the National Assembly champion constituency projects. Like the legislature, members of the executive are politicians who canvassed for votes.

“Lawmakers are aware that oil barrels had dwindled to about 800,000 per day. This has led to the inability of government to finance the budget. It is the duty of government to prepare the minds of Nigerians ahead that there will be challenges in implementing the budget.

“Government based its principle on zero budgeting this year. Funds will be released to finance key projects in line with the implementation plans of the government. I will explain why it will be hard for the government to implement the budget.

“I spoke with the Minister of Budget this morning (yesterday) and I asked him the revenue base of the government. We are now receiving about 50 to 60 earnings from what we projected.

The scribe to the federal government stated unequivocally that some Ministries, Department and Agencies will definitely not get enough money to finance their budget this year because of the dislocation in the revenue projection.

“Some Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) might find it impossible to implement projects appropriated in their budgets. We have to re-prioritize. I like us to understand that this is the background upon which I made that statement.

The Federal government scribe further stated that he knew that statement might not be palatable to the legislature or the citizens, but that there is nothing he could do about it unless the people want to be fed with lies.

In relation to the implementation of the 2016 budget, he stated that MDAs are facing challenges in implementing the budget because of inadequate revenue available to them.

Earlier, during his introductory remarks, the SGF had started a war of words with the Senators who he accused of inviting him without giving him his due respect.

Comments (1)

  • Jul 14, 2016 at 10:25 am FrancisWebnet

    Name waooo. Think there’s need to negotiate with the militants as the last option, to avoid more economic damages in future.

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