The National Assembly is at the final stage of releasing its budget process for public scrutiny, Senate President Bukola Saraki, has said.
Speaking on Monday, Mr. Saraki also said the 8th National Assembly was determined to implement budget reforms that would open the budget process to greater scrutiny and openness.
He stated these while inaugurating the committee on budget reforms in Abuja yesterday.
The Senate president noted that over the years, the National Assembly and the Executive have expressed frustration and dissatisfaction with the outcome of the nation’s budgets.
He said that Nigerians are equally unimpressed by the outcome and implementation of the budget because the exercise had come with more conflicts than results.
He said, “For us in the 8th National Assembly we are ready to open a new chapter and lay a new foundation on which an effective budget process can be built. This is the task on our hands.
“It is a notorious fact that our annual budgets are yet to be fully aligned with our development goals, from conceptualization, approval and implementation of our annual budget, there is need to converge our budgeting to national planning, continuity and efficiency, hence the need to revisit the process.
“Government operations are less susceptible to corruption and abuse when they are predictable, transparent and accountable”.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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