2020 budget: Reps reveals what they intend to do

Minority caucus of the House of Representatives, has vowed to ensure effective oversight of implementation of the N10.59 trillion 2020 budget, passed lbs both chambers of the National Assembly last Thursday.

Dropping this hint through a statement on Sunday, Minority leader of the House, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, declared that the opposition will step up its oversight activities in that direction, adding that the minority leadership has already worked out an end-to-end monitoring strategy that will ensure effective implementation, check corruption, diversions and plug all channels of wastes.

According to him, Nigerians have placed confidence on the opposition for solution and as such has directed opposition lawmakers to braced up to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that budgetary provisions, especially those that have direct bearing to the well-being of the masses, are all fully and evenly implemented.

The statement explained that the minority leader has therefore “directed all opposition lawmakers to insist on intensified budget oversight in their respective committees to guarantee transparency and strict compliance to expenditure items, figures and location (of projects in the budget), as passed”.

It reads, “Part of the implementation monitoring strategy is to stimulate citizen’s ownership of budgetary projects by carrying the people along through free flow of information, especially on siting, size, utility, cost, releases and job execution progress”.

Elumelu also cautioned ministries, departments and agencies of the federal government, particularly revenue-generating agencies, to bear in mind that Nigerians are already economically stressed and so, they should develop more efficacious wealth-creating strategies that do not place more burden on the citizens.  

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