By Kadiri Abdulrahman
A former Minister of State for Defence, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro has urged the National Assembly to make sure speedy passage of the 2018 Budget earlier than the tip of February in order to make sure considerable implementation.
Obanikoro, who just lately defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), made the decision in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
He stated that delaying the funds past February may create challenges for its implementation.
“I sincerely hope that the National Assembly will go the 2018 appropriation in good time to permit for efficient implementation.
“If the funds shouldn’t be handed earlier than the tip of February, will probably be a bit troublesome to realize a lot by way of implementation earlier than the 12 months ends due to 2019 elections.
“Presently, there may be the necessity to maintain and consolidate on huge investments in infrastructure and to repeatedly develop the post-recession economic system, and the appropriation invoice is essential to reaching all these,’’ he stated.
On the clashes between farmers and herdsmen, Obanikoro urged the Federal Government to take sensible steps to finish incessant conflicts between farmers and herdsmen throughout the nation.
“The insecurity scenario in Nigeria, particularly because it considerations incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen, has change into actually worrisome and I’ll urge authorities to not relaxation till the scenario is normalised.
“I consider that we needs to be involved about fast-tracking Nigeria’s improvement to meet up with the remainder of the world and never having such insecurity right now,’’ he stated.
He recommended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos for his developmental strides within the state.
“I need to confess that I’m actually impressed with what governor Ambode is doing in Lagos.
“The huge investments in infrastructure improve everywhere in the state, and the little, widespread sense options to visitors administration and refuse disposal are actually spectacular.
“The infrastructure transformation of Epe can also be very commendable. At this charge, Epe will quickly change into a vacationer vacation spot of alternative in Nigeria.
“That is how one can develop an economic system and distribute wealth.’’