President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said the delays in the passage of budgets by the National Assembly sometimes lasting several months, affects completion of projects across the country.
The president said this while receiving a delegation from Niger State led by Lt. General Garba Duba (Rtd) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, noting that the government’s achievements in ensuring better roads, rails, power and repositioning of the airports was in spite of the delays.
“If the National Assembly takes seven months to pass a budget, then we should be commended for the much that we have achieved, and can still achieve.
“I personally feel very disappointed. I spoke with the leaders of the National Assembly on the issue that seven months is a long time to work on a budget,” he was quoted in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.
He said ongoing efforts to improve road and rail networks across the country would be increased as infrastructure development remained paramount for improving the livelihood of Nigerians.
Buhari said his administration would pay more attention to the stretch of 2,150km federal roads in the state.
On security, he said, “We cannot manage our communities and societies without security. A lot of resources are being diverted to provide security instead of going into infrastructural development.”
The president re-assured the delegation that his administration would stay focused on securing lives and property, fighting corruption and stimulating the economy for more progress.
President Buhari said the Minister of Agriculture and governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria had been directed to increase monetary supports through loans to farmers in the next farming season and ensure that farmers are not overwhelmed with the traditional demand for collaterals.
In his remarks, General Duba, a former military governor, commended the president for the significant stride in repositioning roads, rails and airports across the country.