BY OBUTE JAMES
The Senate Committee on Niger Delta on Monday rejected the N23bn 2020 budget proposal presented by the Minister of Niger Delta, Godswill Akbabio.
The commiittee led by Senator Peter Nwaoboshi, rejected the budget proposal on the ground that it was designed to fail. He also condemned the failure of the ministry to consult stakeholders in the Niger Delta before drawing up the budget.
The committee said the N23.890bn allocated to the ministry in the 2020 budget was not only meagre but too unrealistic to make any impact.
The Senate committee also faulted the executive arm of government for not releasing money to fund the capital projects in the 2019 budget
The committee said it was disheartening that President Muhammadu Buhari had not inaugurated any project executed by the ministry since 2015.
Senator Rochas Okorocha on his part lamented that the current budget proposal was not different from those of two and three years ago.
He said, “This type of budget doesn’t produce anything feasible. You have to do your projects and complete them so you don’t sound like the NDDC because one of the worst establishments is the NDDC.
Akpabio was asked to come back on Monday next week with another version of the budget that is implementable.