The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) claims that the N10.7 trillion 2020 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to the National Assembly will further impoverish Nigerians and mortgage the future of the nation.
The party in a communique on Tuesday through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, urged the legislature to redirect the fiscal proposal to serve the interest of the majority of Nigerians.
According to the opposition party, the core of the budget remains “hazy, showing streaks of padding, fraudulent duplication, replete with false performance indices, deceptive projections and inexplicable expenditure assertions which create openings for continued looting of our national patrimony by leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and persons close to the Presidency”.
The PDP insisted that it is inexcusable that despite the huge natural resources at the President’s disposal, he articulated a N10.7 trillion budget which they claim is completely lacking in concrete wealth creation strategy but relies on further squeezing of Nigerians through excruciating taxes, levies, and agonizing tolls.
The party described as unacceptable that the budget is skewed to serve the interest of the opulent, stating that projects that have direct bearing on the wellbeing of the masses were not substantially accommodated in the overall expenditure profile.
The PDP claimed that such cannot happen under the Atiku Abubakar economic recovery blueprint for which Nigerians voted massively the PDP in the 2019 Presidential election.
The party also criticized the Buhari-led administration for allegedly not being transparent in the mammoth allocations for “alleged vague projects”.
“Standing with millions of Nigerian youths and women, our party rejects the paltry budgets of N48 billion for education and N46 billion for health and urges the National Assembly to review the allocations in the interest of Nigerians.
“Furthermore, the PDP notes, as unacceptable that President Buhari, in his budget speech, could not give account of his handling of the 2019 budget and had to resort to lame excuses and unsupported figures, particularly on the various unimplemented subheads in critical sectors of the economy
“Moreover, Mr. President failed to explain why his administration has remained hugely corrupt and how his Presidency depleted our foreign reserves to an all time low $41,852 billion, accumulated huge foreign and domestic debts and kept the naira at its knees at about N360 to $1USD under his watch,” PDP stated.
The party also challenged the Presidency to make public the details of the Presidency allocation for Nigerians to see what is being spent to finance the Buhari Presidency.