Senate President Ahmad Lawan on Wednesday, October 13, claimed that some Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of government are out to sabotage the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to provide critical infrastructure in the country.
The Senate President claimed the MDAs have consistently refused to appear to justify projects to be funded through the loan requests sought by Buhari.
Lawan described their action as an act of sabotage that will not be condoned by the National Assembly.
He listed the erring MDAs as Federal Ministry of Power, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Women Affairs, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Ministry of Water Resources, and Ministry of Environment.
Lawan, therefore, gave them a one-week deadline to appear before the Local and Foreign Debt Committee or face appropriate action.
This came as the N16.39 trillion 2022 budget proposal scaled second reading at the Senate, yesterday, with senators expressing concern over its implementation.
It followed a debate on the general principles of the bill by the senators during plenary. The bill is titled “A Bill for an Act to authorise issuance from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) of the Federation, the total sum of N16.39 trillion of which N768.28 billion is for statutory transfers.”
Senators who took turns to deliberate on the bill include Abba Moro (PDP-Benue); who said the government has to change its implementation strategy and budget system; so that Nigerians can benefit from the yearly budget ritual.
“We must try as much as possible to block leakages in our economy; so that we can conserve funds for the development of our infrastructure. I don’t know the place of education in this budget; yet we want to enthrone a vibrant population in our country.
“Poverty is on the rise. Several programmes have been churned out by this administration in all our budgets. When the COVID-19 pandemic was on, we heard that N52 billion was spent on feeding school children; when schools were supposed to be closed,” he said.