NANS decries lawmakers’ craftiness over budget
As Nigeria moves to implement the recently passed 2018 budget, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has decried increase in the sundry allocations of federal lawmakers, which jerked the budget to N9.12trillion, despite public outcry.
NANS Senate President, Comrade Taiwo Bamigbade, in a statement, expressed utter dismay that the appropriation bill presented early enough on November 7, 2017 was abandoned by the lawmakers at the detriment of the masses who bear the negative effects.
The union further expressed sadness that the lawmakers “craftily” jerked the appropriation up from the N8.6 trillion presented by President Buhari to N9.12trillion to increase their sundry allocations.
The students commended Buhari for signing the 2018 budget into law on 20 June, albeit, belated due to the self-centeredness of some public officeholders.
“NANS as unbiased national students’ body hereby pledges unalloyed support to President Buhari administration’s efforts to take the country out of the protracted darkness.
However, we mandate the President to put up viable mechanisms in place to ensuring that the increment reflects accordingly vis-à-vis infrastructural developments and capital projects enlisted in the budget particularly constituency projects adduced as the reason for the increment by the National Assembly.
“The Nigerian students are not different from the neglected youths over the years, and we have risen from our slumber of many decades. Consequently, we will no longer allow public officeholders toil with our future as usual.
“All capital projects included in the 2018 budget must be identifiable particularly the constituency projects allocated to lawmakers with endless outrageous allowances. It is no longer business as usual but ‘operation show your constituency projects’ and ‘running costs.
“Once again, we commend the president for his political will and selflessness so far in redressing some of the monumental abnormally in the system and therefore pledge our continued supports, protection and cooperation as he continues to tackle the problems of the nation.
“However, our ultimatum on the resolution of NOUN/Law School crisis stands. Again, a more viable approach should be deployed for dealing with insecurity challenges that has claimed countless lives in the country,” the statement said.