THE 2013 budget which was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on February 26 has generated a lot of controversies among Nigerians. Some people believe that signing of the budget at the end of February means that the implementation may start in the next two to three months, while others believe that there is still time for the president to implement the budget. Below are what Nigerians think about the delay in the signing of the 2013 budget.
Adekunle Joseph, Accountant: I’m happy that the president has finally signed the budget into law. The problem now is its implementation. This is where the problem of this country lies. The president and the National Assembly should ensure full implementation of the budget by the end of the second quota of the year.
James Adebayo, Civil Servant: There is nothing special about this budget. They did not implement the 2012 budget and that is the reason why most Nigerians are suffering today. I consider this budget as a yearly ritual which government performs to enrich certain individuals.
Moses Diugwu, Politician: I’m not happy with the PDP government in the way it is handling issues that concern the masses. The budget which was submitted to the president since last December has just been signed it into law. When will the implementation start? This is one question which the president and his team must answer. I’m sure by next month or thereabout, you will hear that there is no money to implement the projects.
Stanley Nwaila, Teacher: My concern and worry are that this budget has nothing to impact on the lives of the Nigerian masses. For instance, as a teacher in a private school, what will I benefit from this budget? I buy fuel to run my generating set on a daily basis, pay for my drinking water and so many other issues. Tell me what I will benefit from it at the end of the year.
George Ekenechukwu, Engineer: It is a good development that the president has finally signed the budget. I’m among those who believe that the National Assembly and the presidency can resolve their differences irrespective of their conflicting interests in the issue under discourse. I believe they will speed up the implementation.
Odey Cyril, Public Servant: I don’t like to comment on issues like this, but I think what we should be talking about now is the implementation of this budget and how it will better the lives of Nigerians. Everything that happened before signing the budget is now history, so the most important thing is how to judiciously utilise the funds budgeted for projects.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
— Mar. 18, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT