The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the National Assembly for the successful signing of the 2013 budget, even as it urged all government agencies to ensure full implementation of the budget for the benefit of all Nigerians.
The party said the delay in the signing of the budget was as a result of insistence by the President and the PDP-led National Assembly to be thorough and to ensure that the provisions were in the best interest of the country.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said in a statement yesterday that the party is highly impressed by the fatherly role played by the President in being meticulous with the budget.
The party also commended Senate President David Mark and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for their roles in ensuring an understanding between the two arms on the budget.
In the same vein, it applauded the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emodi for her tirelessness in the effort to ensure that all differences on the budget were resolved.
"The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commends President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the National Assembly for the successful signing of the 2013 budget.
"The Party commends the two arms for ensuring that they played their constitutional roles of checks and balances to guarantee that the provisions of the budget were in the best interest of Nigerians.
"The successful signing of the budget after proper checks were made to confirm that its provisions are in the best interest of the Nigerian people indicates that the Presidency and the National Assembly have been on the same page in ensuring the welfare of Nigerians which is the hallmark of the PDP-led administration", the statement said.
The PDP urged the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget even as it charged the National Assembly to strengthen its oversight capacity to guarantee effective utilization of resources.
It thanked Nigerians for their calmness and patience even in the face of inciting statements from opposition groups. It said such is an indication that Nigerians have confidence in the PDP-led administration in the country.