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FG Disputes Obi’s Claim of Insensitivity in Supplementary Budget

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

By: ABBA BASHIR; JOSH

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, has debunk claims by the 2023 Presidential candidate of the Labour Party Mr Peter obi that the 2023 supplementary budget signed into law by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is insensitive to the yearnings of Nigerians.

The Minister said it was rather a bold and pragmatic response to the pressing and economic challenges Nigeria currently faces.

In a statement by the Special Assistant (Media to the Honourable Minister of Information and National Orientation the Minister urged Mr Peter Obi to take time and effort to acquaint himself with the details of the N2.17 trillion 2023 Supplementary Budget, which includes allocations for essential sectors: security, agriculture and food security, works and housing, wage increase for workers, student loan scheme and social safety nets.

He said all these are aimed at strengthening the country’s economic foundations and improve the living conditions of Nigerians.

“The broad provisions in the supplementary budget is a reflection of President Tinubu’s strong desire and eagerness to support the vital functions of government, address urgent security needs, and fast-track the country’s recovery process from the economic impact occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy,” said Idris.

Alhaji Mohammed Idris urged the political opposition to be informed and balanced in the exercise of their right to constructive criticism and refrain from misrepresentation of facts for political gains.

The statement further explain that the supplementary budget was derived from the active engagement and consultation with relevant stakeholders who ensured that the budgetary provisions aligned with the needs and expectations of Nigerians.

Idris emphasized that, in line with President Tinubu’s inclination to accountability and transparency in government expenditure, all items in the supplementary budget have been meticulously scrutinised to ensure efficient utilisation of public funds.

 

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