Economy

2021 Budget will put Nigerians first – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has assured that the National Assembly would give thorough and speedy consideration to the 2021 budget estimates presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Gbajabiamila said the promise that members of the 9th Assembly made to return the country’s annual budget to the January to December cycle, which they achieved last year, remains unchanged, hence the resolve to ensure a thorough job on the budget at hand.

In his remarks during the budget presentation, the speaker also assured that members of the National Assembly would hold themselves to the highest standards of integrity in the budget process.

He said they would work with relevant government agencies to ensure that the budget meets the yearnings and aspirations of the Nigerian people.

“We have once again just experienced the beauty and majesty of our democracy – The Laying of the Budget proposals before the Legislature for consideration and approval.”

“I believe I speak on behalf of the entire National Assembly, in assuring you that this proposal will receive thorough and speedy consideration.

“We will collaborate with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Executive to deliver a budget that meets the needs and matches the ambitions of the Nigerian people.

Mr Gbajabiamila announced that henceforth, all Ministries, Departments and Agencies who come to defend their budget proposals, will do so without their security details present.

He thanked the president, the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, the Budget Office, Honourable Ministers and all those who have laboured to develop the budget proposal.

Ibrahim Shehu

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