Abuja - Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has
blamed the ineffective implementation of past budgets and abandonment of
projects for the present economic problem in the country.
Saraki stated this during the National Assembly's
interactive session with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on the 2016 budget
He said in response to that trend, the 8th National
Assembly had stepped up its oversight functions to ensure that funds are spent
on what they were earmarked for.
The Senate President also noted that as economic
diversification was crucial to the success of the nation's economy.
“The National Assembly is working to pass laws that will
boost internally generated revenues by plugging the loopholes that exist in our
system, and encouraging the small and medium-scale business owners in our
communities,” said Saraki.
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Saraki commended the over 100 CSOs that participated in
the interactive session.
“We know that the work ahead of us is necessary. We also
know that the road ahead of us will be lined with challenges."
He said the maiden interactive session between the
National Assembly and CSOs on the 2016 budget was convened to allow both
Members of Parliament and the CSOs to explore ways of enhancing development.
“This is not only an opportunity for you to air your
views, it is also a window that has presented itself that will allow all of us
to work together to pass a budget that we can all be proud of,” he said.
The Senate President urged the CSOs to feel free
to point out your genuine concerns about the budget.
- CAJ News