Lagos – A Majority of Nigerians has expressed
concern over delays in the approval and signing of the 2016 budget.
This is according to latest public opinion polls whose results
indicate that over 80 percent of locals thought that the release of the budget
was long overdue.
They have cautioned that further delays could adversely
affect the country, surveyors NOIPOlls said.
About three in ten Nigerians thought the deadlock over the
budget could ‘slow down business activities’, while others thought it could
lead to‘stagnation in the economy’ (17 percent), ‘poor budget implementation’ (13 percent), ‘deepening the fuel crisis’ (11 percent) and
‘increase in prices of goods and services’ amongst others.
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Similarly, when asked about which sectors of the economy
should be given priority in the 2016 budget, the Agricultural sector was first
(30 percent), followed by Education (21 percent), Job
creation (13 percent), Health (8 percent) and Power (8 percent) amongst other
It is four months and counting since President Muhammadu
Buhari presented the Nigerian 2016 budget before the National Assembly, though,
yet to be approved.
Buhari has signed it into law after it emerged the National
Assembly had distorted the original document.
- CAJ News