No Padding In 2017 Budget–President Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles November 26, 2016

President Buhari Muhammadu on Friday said that he had been in government since 1975, as governor, oil minister, head of state, and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) and never did he hear the word ‘padding’ till the 2016 budget.

Buhari who declared this on Friday while receiving members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), led by Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at the presidential villa, Abuja stated that the distortion and insertion that took place in the 2016 budget would never be allowed to happen in 2017 budget.

“I am waiting for the 2017 budget to be brought to us in Council. Any sign of padding anywhere, I will remove it.” he said.

He said the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some people were deliberately turning a blind eye to prevailing realities in the country;

“They don’t want to reflect on the situation in which we are, economically. They want to live the same way; they simply want business as usual.” he said.

Speaking on the anti-corruption cases before the courts, the President said he believe the cleansing currently going on “will lead to a better judiciary. When people are sentenced, Nigerians will believe that we are serious.”

Buhari equally told the delegation that the progress being made in agriculture and exploitation of solid minerals “gives a lot of hope.”

He added; “Our grains go up to Central African Republic, to Burkina Faso, but they can’t buy all the grains harvested this year. And next season should be even better. We will focus on other products like cocoa, palm oil, palm kernel, along with the grains. We can start exporting rice in 18 months, and we are getting fertilizers and pesticides in readiness for next year.”

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