As the controversy surrounding the alleged missing and subsequent
padding (inflation) of the 2016 appropriation bill and its figures as submitted
by president Muhammadu Buhari rages on, with the National Assembly’s
pronouncement that it could no longer guarantees the passage of the budget this
February as earlier promised due to the fact that a thorough job needed to be
done to ensure that Nigerian are given a “clean” and a true budget of change.
Some members of the opposition political parties and many misguided Nigerians
have come out to tag the 2016 budget as that of corruption while others calls it
a budget of shame which is full of errors.
some highly placed in the political and economic arena who should know better and
are in the best position to enlighten and educate Nigerians have even gone the
extra mile to advice that the president recalls or withdraws the appropriation
bill with the aim of what they termed “correcting the errors” Beyond the
propaganda of the opposition politicians who are hell bent on deceiving
Nigerians just to score cheap and unwarranted political points by throwing jabs
at the present administration even when such was unnecessary and needless. The
truth that must be told Nigerians at this juncture is that there’s nothing
wrong with the 2016 budget estimate that is different with that of 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014 and 2015 appropriation bills, the only difference and uniqueness of
this budget is that for the first time in the history of Nigerian democracy, the
executive, headed by President Muhammadu Buhari has subjected the Nation’s
budget to the thorough scrutiny of the National Assembly.
Unlike what obtains in the past, when
we operated an “envelope system” of budget defense, a system totally
characterized by secrecy and corruption in which moneys are appropriated to ministries,
parastatals and agencies of government without vivid enquiries being made on
what such funds are meant for by members of the National Assembly who are
usually only interested in negotiating a cut or their own share rather than
getting the job done. This time around, Mr. President has decided in his wisdom
and in line with the anticorruption drive of the present administration that
things must be done in total deviation from the corrupt past, devised the zero
- budgeting system, a system which ensures that the appropriation bill is
scrutinized line - after - line and figure - after - figure. If anything, kudos
must be given to President Muhammadu Buhari for abandoning the old ways of
reckless and wasteful appropriation of the nation’s resources which has done more
harm than good. Inflation or padding of the Nigerian budget has almost become a
way of life and a means through which civil servants, politicians and members
of the National Assembly corruptly enrich their pockets.
fact that the corruption and fraudulent practices of some politicians aided by
some staff of the budget office is being exposed this time around is a testament
to the success of the zero - budget system approach of the present APC led
government. The good news is that some of the Ministers and Heads of agencies
have being bold enough to denounce and told Nigerians that their budgets have
been doctored and padded by “foreign bodies” Indeed the corruption that has
ravaged the nation’s budgeting system is being exposed.
It is said that when one fights corruption, it
surely fights back. It is not surprising therefore that rather than give credit
to the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, the corrupt-class whose yearly
fraudulent activities is being exposed by the zero - budgeting system have continued
to misinform Nigerians and cast aspersions on a government that meant well for
Nigerians by frantically working towards a corruption free Nigeria. Rather than
join these corrupt individuals and enemies of Nigeria in criticizing the 2016
budget and throwing insults at the present administration, Nigerians who are
genuinely after a progressive and a corruption - free society should rally
round Mr. President.
Thank you, President Muhammadu Buhari for exposing the fraud
in our yearly budgets by giving us zero - budget system.
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