Mr Ben Akabueze, the Director-General Budget Office, says the 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari tagged the “Budget of Growth and Job Creation” clearly defines its objectives. Akabueze made this known on the sidelines of the 2020 budget estimate presentation by Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja.
“The budget presented by Mr President is titled the Budget of Growth and Job Creation; so, at least that clearly defines what the objectives are. “The budget is intended to drive growth; it is intended to expand the economy’s capacity to create jobs.
“As you are aware, the president has committed to a goal of uplifting a hundred million people out of poverty over the next 10 years. “And the best way to take people out of poverty is to put them into jobs to be able to earn income.”
The DG said that creating palliatives, such as Social Investment Programmes, can only serve as an interim measure pending when people get jobs. Sen. Godswill Akpabio, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, commended the President for the timely presentation of the budget.