The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu has expressed optimism the 2024 budget proposal will address the challenges facing the country.
Recall that Empire had reported last week that President Bola Tinubu presented a budget proposal of N27.5 trillion to a joint session of the National Assembly.
The budget proposal has been met with skepticism, but Kalu, the representative for Abia State’s Bende Federal Constituency, is hopeful that it would live up to Nigerians’ hopes.
“The year 2024 presents us with unprecedented challenges, and uncertainties and you are aware that it is happening both globally and locally and Nigeria is not an exception to this. Factors such as the war in Ukraine and the global inflationary pressure have an impact on us. Disruption in the supply chain has placed immense strain on economies worldwide including our own dear Nigeria,” he said during Monday’s House of Representatives Town Hall on the 2024 Budget in Abuja.
“However, the government remains committed to crafting a budget that addresses the pressing needs of the Nigerian people.”
He said that the 2024 budget is centered on infrastructure, food security, health, defense, and education, among other things. He praised the administration for proposing the budget, calling it an upgrade over the previous one.
“I commend the executive for presenting an estimate that is an improvement from what it used to be,” he said.
However, the legislator said the House of Representatives would make sure the plan is carefully examined to satisfy the desires of the people.
“I have full confidence that the House of Representatives under the leadership of the speaker [Tajudeen Abbas] will with its dedication to the welfare of the citizens, scrutinize and ensure that the 2024 budget is a responsible and effective distribution of public resources,” the bespectacled Kalu, who wore a signature red cap dominant in the South-East, said.