The Senate at the weekend took an unusual stand when it absolved the Executive arm of government from the failures that trailed the budget implementation, saying the civil servants in the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies should be blamed instead.
The Senate while expressing its dissatisfactions with the belief that the Presidency is the bane of budget implementation in the country said, “instead of blaming the Presidency, the civil servants who implement the budget should be blamed.”
While addressing journalists, the Chairman Senate, Committee on Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi said, “the obstacle behind the budget implementation is not the Presidency as it only prepares and presents the budget.
His words: “The real problems are the civil servants who implement the budgets, and they have not realized that budget implementation in any nation is attached to needs and aspirations which are backed up by value system of the country.
“Our people need to understand that principle of budget of developing nation must not be compared or tailored along the line of the principle of a developed nation believing that they are not the same.”
Senator Adeyemi however pleaded with those concerned with the implementation to bear it in mind that Nigeria belongs to all of us and that our action or inaction would affect all its citizens.
Speaking on the 2013 budget, the Senate Committee chairman commended President Goodluck Jonathan saying that the principle of the budget is in agreement with the transformation agenda of the present administration.
He said: “The budget came at the right time for the National Assembly to work on it and pass it before the end of the year for the implementation early January, besides, it is unprecedented as it came out with the fiscal policy that would transform the country”.
Specifically he mentioned the area of public mass transit where duty on Completely Knocked down Components (CKD) for mass transit buses was reduced to zero from 5 percent insisting that such a policy would provide employment and alleviate transportation problem.
The lawmaker added that the 10 percent import duty and 100 percent levy imposed on both brown and polished rice would encourage local production and provide employment.
He mentioned the construction of five brand new terminals in Kano, Port-Harcourt, Lagos, Abuja and Enugu Airports with six perishable cargo terminals as the right steps towards achieving air safety adding that ”for allocating N426bn to education,N183bn to Works , N74bn to power and N348BN to defence is an indication of hope in the horizon”.
Senator Adeyemi therefore appealed to President Goodluck Jonathan to muster all political will within him and put his feet down strongly to ensure that the budget is implemented to the latter and should not give room to saboteurs with selfish interest.
“By doing this, the President and present administration name would be written in gold”. He said