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Senator wants executive in budget drafting

06 June 2013, 09:26

Enugu- The Chairman, Senate Committee on Gas Resources, Sen. Nkechi Nwaogu, has advised the executive to always involve the legislature when preparing budget to quicken its passage.

Nwaogu, who represents Abia Central Senatorial district, gave the advice in Nsukka on Wednesday.

She gave the advice when she delivered the annual public lecture of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with the theme: "Executive/Legislative Relation and Challenges of National Security’’.

The senator said that if the executive accommodates the inputs from the legislature while preparing the budget, it would forestall distortions when presented to National Assembly for approval.

"I will recommend that the executive should always collaborate with the legislature during the preparation of the budget to reduce distortions when the budget is finally presented to the legislature.

"Though the executive may claim to have better knowledge of economics indices, legislators have vast knowledge of what Nigerians need most as representatives of the people,” she said.

 Nwaogu expressed concern that bribery and corruption had become internal threat to national security.

"Corruption in Nigeria manifests in various forms like government contracts, returns for kick backs, taking bribes as well as pervasion of justice among the police, judiciary and other relevant agencies.

"The legislature has been collaborating with the executive in enacting relevant laws that led to the establishment of anti-corruption agencies like the EFCC and the ICPC to fight crime.

"I commend the commitment of the present administration in the fight against crime,’’ she added.

Nwaogu expressed concern about the huge budgetary allocation to the security agencies as a result of the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges facing the country.

"Security gulped a whooping sum of N921.9 billion in 2012 while the 2013 security budget allocation is N950 billion,’’ she said.

In his remark, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Bartho Okolo, commended the senator for her contributions in the senate.

"We commend you on the quality contributions in the national assembly which has made you one of the outspoken senators of the Federal republic.

"Your selection by the faculty of social sciences to deliver this lecture is because of your good records,’’ Okolo, represented by Prof. Malachy Okwueze, the DVC Administration, he said.

Earlier in his remark, the Faculty Dean, Prof. Tagbo Ugwu, said that the annual lecture was a forum to showcase men and women of integrity who had contributed to the economic and political development of the nation.

"The lecturer was chosen because of her numerous contributions politically and economically to national development,’’ he said.

He solicited the assistance of the senator in the provision of the Coaster bus for the faculty to assist students in field works and other academic activities.

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