2nd Niger Bridge: Enugu Residents Want Igbo Lawmakers Sacked Over Reduced Budget
So, reactions have continued to trail the signing of the 2018 budget into law on Wednesday by President Muhammadu Buhari.
For residents of Enugu, they not only have a grouse with the late signing of the budget but also the slashing of the budgetary allocation for the construction of the second Niger Bridge.
At the popular MRS Filling Station Newspaper Stand, at Abakpa in Enugu city, some of the people who spoke to Bounce News correspondent who went round some parts of the state to get the residents’ reactions said that the time the late passage of budget was very wrong as the year has gone almost half.
Others queried the rational behind the slashing of the amount allocated to some capital project especially the Second Niger Bridge.
Mr Clement Chibuko who expressed total disappointment asked what the legislators from South East were doing in the chambers of the national assembly when this abnormality occurred.
Another resident, Nsiadu Nnamezie called for the recall of all the senators and representatives from South East if they couldn't protect the interest of the region.
At the Federal Secretariat, Enugu, some of the civil servants condemned the lawmakers for slashing the capital budget while noting that the signing of the budget was long overdue.
One of the civil servants who gave his name as Hilary said: “The actions of the law makers are not only selfish, it’s a great disservice to the electorates that elected them. There appears to be geometric increase in the selfish interest of the lawmakers and abysmal show of wickedness to the masses.”
“We don’t have lawmakers but “greedy set of men that pillage our common wealth,” he added.
Others expressed joy that finally, funds meant for developmental projects will be made available to various ministries.
At Ogbete Main Market, some of the traders said that though they don’t know if the non-passage of the budget was responsible for their low sales, they expressed optimism that sales would pick up as more money may go in circulation.
Recall that at the signing of the budget on Wednesday, President Muhammadu Buhari lamented that “the provisions for some nationally/regionally strategic infrastructure projects such as counter-part funding for the Mambilla Power Plant, Second Niger Bridge/ancillary roads, the East-West Road, Bonny-Bodo Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Itakpe-Ajaokuta Rail Project were cut by an aggregate of 11.5 billion Naira”, by the National Assemby.
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