27 February 2013

Nigeria: PDP Demands Full Implementation of 2013 Budget

Nigeria's ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has urged all government agencies to ensure full implementation of the 2013 budget, which was signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday evening.

The party commended the president and the leadership of the National Assembly for the successful signing of the budget. It said the delay in the signing the budget was because the President and the PDP-led National Assembly wanted a thorough budget that would be in the best interest of the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement on Wednesday that the party is highly impressed by the role played by the president in the passage of the budget.

The party also commended the Senate President, David Mark; and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal; for their roles in ensuring an understanding between the two arms of government on the budget.

The party also applauded the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Joy Emordi, for her effort in ensuring that all differences on the budget were resolved.

The PDP urged the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget and charged the National Assembly to strengthen its oversight capacity to guarantee effective utilisation of resources.

The party thanked Nigerians for their calmness and patience even in the face of what it described as inciting statements from opposition groups.

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