The executive director of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), Eze Onyekpere, has disclosed that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is not ready for governance.
According to Vanguard, he said the failure of the Buhari-led administration to present the 2016 Budget proposals to the National Assembly, less than two months to the end of the year showed how unprepared they are in matters of governance.
Onyekpere made the disclosure known on Thursday, November 19, during a round-table meeting on Budget Transparency and Public Engagement in Budget Process, following the release of the Open Budget Survey 2015, in Abuja.
He said: “Right now, we don’t have the MTEF to underpin the budget and we don’t have the budget. The implication is that the budget is going to be presented very late and it may not be ready until the end of the first quarter of 2016, which has been the usual tradition. The implications are not funny for the administration of the Nigerian people.
“That means that the capital budget will be delayed and by the time they approve it in March, April or May, it will be raining season and all out-door constructions will stop.
“So we are continuing the cycle of poor capital budget implementation and of course that would mean addressing less of the needs of the Nigerian people who are suffering infrastructure deficit and also attending to less of the poor because the majority of Nigerians are poor and the budget is expected to address their needs.”
Onyekpere added that the budget is supposed to address the people’s needs but its delay would have consequences on the people.