The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday cautioned against using the current budget padding controversy to weaken the leadership of the National Assembly or settle political scores. In a statement issued by its President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, NLC said the current controversy is showing evidence of weakness in the Nation’s Budgeting System and the fact that projects are not conceived and implemented based on the needs of the people, but those behind the projects.
The Congress said rather than go after individuals, government should do a soul searching and x-ray the nation’s budgeting system that has failed to address the needs of the people. The statement reads: “The ongoing controversy over the padding of the 2016 Budget is an incontrovertible evidence of the inherent weaknesses in our budgeting process and accordingly underscores the need for a thorough revisit.
“It also reveals the imperfections and the distrust in project identification and implementation system and consequent failure of the present model of capital budgeting without a developmental framework. It shows that projects are not implemented according to needs-value or priority but who is behind which.