FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PREDICTS TOUGH 2018 BUDGET IMPLEMENTATION
Written by Kaka Saratu Poga on January 12, 2018
Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, on Thursday, said that the Federal Government might not fully implement the 2018 budget if the National Assembly fails to pass it on time.
He also revealed that early preparation for the 2019 general elections, which he said, will commence by end of February, will further pose a challenge.
Mustapha stated that serious government business will end by November, when political parties will commence campaigns and conduct primaries.
To avoid possible poor implementation, Mustapha appealed to the National Assembly to pass the 2018 Appropriation Bill into law as soon as possible.
The SGF spoke when he appeared before the Senate committee on Federal Character.
The SGF told lawmakers that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the setting up of a monitoring unit in his office, to track budget implementation by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
He said ministers have been given a template to collate projects executed since 2015, when Buhari came into office. He added that the outcome of the exercise will assist Nigerians in assessing Buhari’s government at the end of his administration.